NEW?ULM Robert "Bob" Jenson, 86, of New Ulm, died Saturday, September 8, 2012 at the St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 11 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Rev. Debra Bergstrand officiating. Burial with full military honors conducted by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard will follow in the Soldiers Rest section of the New Ulm City Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Schmucker Funeral Service of New Ulm is handling the arrangements.
Robert Everett Jenson was born on January 1, 1926 in Minneapolis to George William Jenson and Emma Schmidt Jenson. Robert was raised in Minneapolis and graduated from Miller Vocational High School in Minneapolis in 1943. He served in the Navy during World War II. In 1950, Robert graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in English and Social Studies. He started his teaching career in the Nashwauk Keewatin school system. He also taught in the Sleepy Eye Public School system, Redwood Falls Public School and 31 years in the New Ulm Public School system. He did graduate work at the University of Minnesota, Mankato State and Columbia University in New York. After retirement in 1989, he continued to substitute teach and study at Cambridge University in England.
Robert was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, the Brown County Historical Society, the Wanda Gag House Association, various education associations and the American Legion Post 132.
In Bob's early years in New Ulm, he enjoyed traveling with the Pfaender touring group taking several trips to Mexico over the Christmas holidays.
During his years in New Ulm, he enjoyed participating in the activities of the community. One of Bob's favorite activities was directing the school plays including directing three Broadway musicals. Bob also directed productions in church and read scriptures. As a member of the original Wanda Gag Association, he helped restore the exterior of the house. Bob also acquired original art treasures painted by Wanda Gag and her father Anton Gag, and other New Ulm artists and donated them to the Brown County Historical Society and the Wanda Gag House.
As the original president of the Historical Preservation Commission he fought to save the bandstand in German Park from destruction.
Robert "Bob" is survived by one sister Priscilla (Jack) Werner; sister-in-law Eva Jenson; several nieces and nephews; special friends Verne and Sandy Radloff, and Bruce and Priscilla Wilfahrt.
Bob was preceded in death by brothers, Russell Jenson and his wife Melba, Earl Jenson; sister Lucille Linner and her husband John; and nephew David Linner.