GIBSON CITY — James S. Jensen, 85, of Monticello, formerly of Gibson City, died at 6:04 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the Maple Point Assisted Living Facility in Monticello.
A celebration of life service will be scheduled at a later date. Rosenbaum Funeral Home in Gibson City is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Mr. Jensen was born Dec. 27, 1933, in Gibson City, a son of Harry and Beulah Hansen Jensen. He married Kay Shields in August 1958 in Foosland. He later married Darlene Tucker in March 1976 in Gibson City, and she survives in Monticello.
Also surviving are his children, Randy (Kathy) Keith of Monticello, Julie (Charlie) Turner of Gibson City and Tina Leffler of Fairbury; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Shirley Dean of Gibson City.
He was preceded in death by his grandson Doug, two brothers and a sister.
Mr. Jensen proudly served in the U.S. Navy. He was chief engineer at Gibson Community Hospital for many years and then worked at Jarman Memorial Hospital in Tuscola as its chief engineer until his retirement.
Working on tractors and lawnmowers was a favorite pastime of his. He was always solving everyone’s mechanical issues, never asking for anything in return. He loved his yard and kept it perfect. He was a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan, Illini fan and NASCAR fan.
Memorial tributes may be made to Maple Point Assisted Living or Gibson Area Hospital.
Memories and condolences can be shared at www.rosenbaumfh.com.