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Kermit Duane Jensen, 82, of Park Rapids, formerly of Minneapolis, peacefully entered Heaven's Gate in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 at his home on Long Lake.

Kermit was born Oct. 22, 1930 in Hurley, S.D. to Louis and Martina (Anderson) Jensen. It was in Viborg, S.D. that he attended public school, graduating with the class of 1948.

On Dec. 3, 1950, Kermit was united in marriage to the prettiest gal in all of Viborg, Geraldine Marie Berthelsen. This union was blessed with two sons, Roger and Bradley.

In 1951, Kermit entered the United States Army where he bravely served his country as a radioman. He fought on the front lines of some of the heaviest combat of the Korean War. He received his honorable discharge in November of 1953. He then returned home to Viborg to his young wife and his new baby boy he had not yet held in his arms.

In 1961, the Jensen family relocated to Minneapolis where Kermit gained employment with the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Hospital as an EEG technician in a career that spanned over 28 years until his retirement in 1989.

Kermit and Gerry had purchased property on Long Lake many years earlier to which they enthusiastically retired to in 1990. Kermit was an avid hunter, fisherman and snowmobiler who loved living in northern Minnesota.

For many winters, Kermit and Gerry enjoyed being snowbirds in Texas and Arizona. Above all, Kermit devoted his life to his precious wife, Gerry; his sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who he loved with all his heart.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife and soulmate for these past 63 years, Gerry of Park Rapids; two sons, Roger (Cindy) Jensen of St. Louis Park and Bradley of Park Rapids; three grandchildren, Martina (Scott) Forbes of Nevis, Bradley (Kaye) Jensen of Richfield and Garrett (Jessica) Jensen of Park Rapids; six beloved great-grandchildren, Hailey, Ashley, Haillee, Allee, Ava and Evan; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Kermit was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial service: was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 19, at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids with Rev. David Cripe officiating.

Urnbearers: were his grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

Interment: Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Military honors were conducted by the Otto Hendrickson American Legion Post 212 in Park Rapids.

Visitation: was held beginning one hour prior to the services on Saturday at the funeral home.

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