January 14, 1937 - October 4, 2018
Burial Date: October 9, 2018
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Elder Lynn Pruitt of the Church of Christ will officiate. Military Rites will be provided by the combined squads of the American Legion Post #27 and the V.F.W. Post #1565.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. on Monday, October 8, 2018, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family in care of Charlotte Jensen.
James was born on January 14, 1937, in Elroy, Wisconsin, the son of Carl James Jensen and Gladys Lucille Koch Jensen Hillyer. He married Charlotte Gale Ball on June 10, 1956, at Charlotte’s sister’s home in rural Letts.
He was a veteran of the US Army.
He was a truck driver and manager. He served as an Elder for the Church of Christ. He enjoyed woodworking and making doll beds for his great grandchildren, he was a handyman and jack of all trades. He loved and treasured his family.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife of 62 years, Charlotte Jensen of Muscatine; two sons, Carl Robert Jensen and wife, Susan, of Muscatine, and Troy Duane Jensen and wife, Jean, of Hartland, Wisconsin; one daughter, Melody Gail Edkin of Muscatine; eight grandchildren, Dustin, Dyana, Tarah, Carlee, Zachary, Emily, Eric, and Jenni; seven great-grandchildren, Ben, Nolan, Lana, Evie, Sydney, Emery, and Trey; one brother, Duane Carl Jensen of Ladson, South Carolina; two sisters, Katie Simpson of Independence, Missouri, Carla Dunnahoo of West Liberty; one half-sister, Shirley Hillyer of Nichols; one step-sister, Gracie Krolack of Peru, Illinois; and many nieces and nephews.
James is preceded in death by his parents; his son-in-law, Gregory W. Edkin, one sister, Lucille Bechmann; two step-brothers, Knute and Johnny; and three step-sisters, Ethel, Genevieve, and Jeanette.