Leonard W. Jensen, 98, died peacefully Thursday. The first of seven children, he was born on April 5, 1920, to George and Mable (nee: Sannes) Jensen. Leonard was a lifelong resident of Racine and attended Washington Park High School, graduating in 1937.
Leonard served in the US Army, 82nd Airborne Division, Glider Infantry, during World War II. In 1950, he received a degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Shortly thereafter, he married Mary J. Hall on August 20, 1953, and had celebrated 47 years of marriage before Mary’s passing on September 2, 2000. Leonard was employed as a chemist for Western Publishing. He was an active member of the 82nd Airborne Division Association and a lifetime member of the American Chemical Society.
Survivors include his son, Jeffrey (Christine) Jensen; son-in-law, Wayne Feest; grandchildren, Christie (Brian) Moore, William (Shauna) Feest, Erin Feest, Adam Feest, Derek (Nicole) Fields, and David Fields; great-grandchildren, Cole, Brielle, Dryden, Brooks, Dominque, Savannah, Sophia, Sullivan, Maggie and Gordon; brother, William Jensen; sisters-in-law, Donna Jensen, Joyce Jensen, Margie Jensen; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and special friends.
Leonard was also preceded in death by his daughter, Julie Feest; sister, Alice (Donald) Pedersen; brothers, George, Harvey, Howard and Robert (Virginia) Jensen; sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Jensen, and Irene Kayon; brothers-in-law, Robert, William, Donald and James Hall.
Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday at Maresh-Meredith Funeral Home, 803 Main St., with entombment with Full Military Honors immediately following at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 11 a.m. until time of service at 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Southern Wisconsin 82nd Airborne Division Association or a charity of your choice have been suggested by the family.
Please send condolences to Maresh-Meredith Funeral Home.