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Cleo Jensen - Hunter KS
1/10/1929 - 3/31/2017

Cleo Henry Jensen, 88, of Hunter, KS, died Friday, March 31, 2017, in Beloit. He was born January 10, 1929, in rural Lincoln County, KS, to Henry and Clara (Nelson) Jensen.

Cleo Red Jensen made his life in the areas surrounding Hunter, Kansas. He worked on the family farm through his high school graduation in 1947 and until he enlisted in the Army in 1953.

His military days took him to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, where he called Betty Deiter, his girl back in Hunter, to join him and marry. They married in January 1954 in the Sault Ste. Marie Methodist Church, witnessed by Gale and Doris Gallion, the couple who would be their life-long neighbors back in Hunter.

Cleo and Betty returned to Hunter and started a family. Four children were born to them. Cleo worked for Farmway CO-OP until he retired in May, 1991.

His hobbies included fishing, woodworking, gardening, playing cards, collecting light houses, and watching KU and KSU ball games. He built almost everything he could; cabinets, campers, boats, storage sheds, Christmas decorations and toys, rocking chairs, and he even remodeled the family home. He taught his woodworking skills to Hunter 4-H youngsters.

After retiring, Cleo and Betty traveled the U.S., collecting coffee cups in every state visited. There are 30 on the shelf still
His greatest joys were when surrounded by family, never missing the opportunity to create a grandchild memory in a fun way.

Cleo and Betty celebrated 63 years together. He will be remembered in all our hearts.

He was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers, Marvin, Lew, Don, and Jerry Jensen; sisters, Almatha Woodall and Carrie Michaelson.

Left to celebrate his life include: his wife, Betty (Deiter) Jensen, sons, Ronald (Susan) Jensen, of Odin, KS, Mark Jensen, of Hunter, Scott (Michelle) Jensen, of Salina; daughter, Lisa Miller, of Brownwood, TX; sister-in-law, Marg Jensen, of Marion, KS; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren.

Service: 10:00 A.M. Friday, April 7, at Hall Chapel, Lincoln, with inurnment following in Greenwood Union Cemetery, Hunter.

Memorials may be made to Hunter American Legion or donor's choice.
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