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Louis Richard Jensen

May 17, 1940 July 27, 2019
Louis Richard Jensen
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Obituary for Louis Richard Jensen

Dr. Louis R. Jensen, 79 of Terre Haute, IN, passed away on July 27, 2019, at Westminster Village Davis Gardens. Lou was born on the family farm in Craig, Nebraska, to John T. Jensen and Frances H. Jensen. He is survived by Mary, his wife of 47 years; son Randall L. Jensen and wife Diane of Terre Haute,IN, daughter Julie A. Stilwell and husband Ron of Goshen,IN, son Jeffrey D. Jensen and wife Mary Beth of Terre Haute,IN, son John W. Jensen and wife Susan of Chesterfield,MO, and son James K. Jensen and wife Susan of Terre Haute,IN; Grandchildren Jonathan(Jessica), Hilary(Ty), Lillian, Claire, Mitchell, Kaleb, Andrew, and Abigail; Sister Karen Howard and husband Kent, brother-in-law Neil Knolle and Barbara Maguschak, sister-in-law Carol Knolle-Faulkner and husband Rich and many nephews and cousins. Lou was preceded in death by his parents and first wife Gaylen Jensen.

Lou attended country school and graduated from Blair, NE high school. He then attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, BA 1962, Master of Education University of Nebraska - Lincoln 1966 and Doctorate of Education University of Nebraska - Lincoln 1970.

He served as a 6th grade and junior high teacher in Gretna,NE. He then became conference coordinator, supervisor of informal education, and head of Correspondence Study from 1966-1972 at UN-L.

In 1972, he came to Indiana State University as Director, then Dean of Continuing Education. He served in a variety of assignments in Life Long Learning from 1976-2001. In 2001 he was appointed as the Executive Director of the Center for Public Service and Community Engagement and concluded his professional life as a Special Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2004.

He was a member of the National University Continuing Education Association (NUCEA) from 1972-2004. He served in many roles for the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunications System (IHETS) from 1973-2004 as well as for the Indiana Council of Continuing Education.

Lou was a member of Downtown Terre Haute, Inc., the Hyte Center Board of Directors, the ISU Federal Credit Union Board (1998-2012), Kiwanis International, the Kiwanis Club of Terre Haute (President and District Governor), Seelyville United Methodist Church, Western Indiana Employment and Training Services Board, Western Indiana Workforce Investment Board, and CASA.

In retirement, Lou enjoyed family events, fishing, golf, reading, and travel.

Our thanks to the staff of the Villas of Holly Brook/Reflections, Union Hospital, and Westminster Village/Davis Gardens.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Monday, August 5th at 2:00 pm at Seelyville United Methodist Church with Reverend Mel Camp officiating. Visitation will be prior the service from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Interment of ashes will take place in the Fall in Nebraska.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to:
Nebraska Wesleyan University Scholarship Fund
5000 Saint Paul Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68504

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Burnett Society
1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300
Lincoln, NE 68508

Indiana State University Foundation
30 North 5th Street
Terre Haute,IN 47807


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Visitation

Monday

5

Aug

12:00 PM 8/5/2019 12:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 8/5/2019 2:00:00 PM
Seelyville United Methodist Church

2351 N. 2nd Street
Seelyville, IN 47878

Seelyville United Methodist Church
2351 N. 2nd Street Seelyville 47878 IN
United States

Celebration of Life

Monday

5

Aug

2:00 PM 8/5/2019 2:00:00 PM
Seelyville United Methodist Church

2351 N. 2nd Street
Seelyville, IN 47878

Seelyville United Methodist Church
2351 N. 2nd Street Seelyville 47878 IN
United States

Memorial Contribution

Indiana State University Foundation

30 N. 5th Street
Terre Haute, IN 47809

Nebraska Wesleyan University Scholarship Fund

5000 Saint Paul Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68504

University of Nebraska - Lincoln Burnett Society

1010 Lincoln Mall, Suite 300
Lincoln, NE 68508
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