Obituary

James's Obituary

Jim "JJ" Jensen died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 12, 2014, which was the 28th anniversary of his first date with his wife Michelle.

Jim was born to Marvin and Ruth (Ganther) Jensen on March 6, 1964 and grew up in Necedah, WI. Jim attended Necedah Schools and was a gifted athlete in football, basketball and baseball. He loved a good competition. He made many lifelong friends during his childhood years and had plenty of stories and a few hair-raising adventures to share (but not with his children). Jim graduated in 1982 from Necedah High School and earned his bachelor's degree from UW-Stevens Point in 1986.

His love for sports carried over to playing on numerous softball teams into adulthood. True to his fun, loving personality, he made many more lifelong friends from the Mauston area and, in later years, from the Deerfield-Marshall area. He loved his position at short stop, but leg and ankle injuries from his youth forced him to stop playing recently. If he wasn't dirty from diving for a ball, he felt like he hadn't played the game.

It is through softball that he met Michelle (Richmond). They were married on October 3, 1992 and were blessed with three amazing children-Nick (18), Matt (16) and Maren (14) which he adored. Upon moving to Deerfield in 1996 to raise a family, Jim became a part of the community through the activities of his kids. He coached many basketball, baseball, and soccer teams through the years, coming home with hilarious stories about youth sports. He had great patience and tried to instill the lessons of hard work and humility in his players, especially his own children.

As his kids got older and started playing on school teams, he became a proud Deerfield Demon parent. He loved watching them play in all of their sports and will forever hold a place standing in front of the concession stand to watch football, sitting in the bleachers at half-court and along the first baseline chewing sunflower seeds. Jim awaited the Friday afternoon "coaches meetings" to discuss the week's sporting events. He was equally proud of his kids' talents in music. He watched many musicals but loved "Grease" the most and looked forward to solo ensemble each year. Jim was so proud of his kids and was a terrific father.

When he wasn't busy with school activities, Jim loved to escape to his second home, the "happy place" cabin in Tomahawk. There, he made great memories with family and friends snowmobiling, ice fishing, boating, jet skiing or just sitting on the deck watching the sunrise. There was always something that needed to be fixed which was his favorite excuse to go up north.

Jim cherished his family. He spoke to his parents daily, a little bit because he was a mom's boy but mainly because they were his role models in life, in his marriage and in his parenting. His greatest sorrow was the death of his dad in December. They are now together in heaven sitting on the deck or taking a snowmobile ride. Jim is further survived by his sister Rhonda Belmonte (husband John, children Alex, Greg, Andrea, Emily), brother Michael (wife Kim, children Max, Michael, Trey), sister Nancy Seebruck (husband Michael, children Michael, Samantha). As children, they had great times together camping in the Shasta throughout Wisconsin. This continued into adulthood when they bought motorhomes and traveled together around the country. Wherever Jim camped, it was sure to rain. As their kids grew older, he convinced them to take part in his adventures-the "journey" by snowmobile from Tomahawk to Necedah and the July 4th canoe portage and paddle trips on the Chippewa Flowage. Spending time together was most important, whether around the campfire or at his parents' kitchen table sharing morning coffee. The stories are endless and we will treasure those memories forever.

Jim is loved and survived by several uncles, aunts and cousins and many, many friends near and far. Jim was preceded in death by his father Marvin (December 28, 2013), aunt Eleanor Jensen (January 18, 2014), uncle Alan Ganther and his grandparents.

Jim was a great husband, father, son, brother and friend. His smile lit up our lives and his quiet kindness holds a dear place in our hearts. He was the man behind the scenes, doing the laundry, making the meals, baking buckets of cookies, stacking chairs in the gym, flipping hamburgers at the tailgate. Our loss is too painful for words, but our lives are so blessed because of the moments we had with him.

The family would like to thank the friends and strangers who assisted us Saturday evening. Special thanks to our dear friends Mark and Doreen Treuden, Kirk and Heidi Eilenfeldt, Roxanne Peterson, Jay Sugden, the ER staff at St. Mary's Hospital and Pastor Holly Slater.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at St. Paul's Liberty Lutheran Church, Deerfield with Pastor Holly Slater presiding. Burial will be held at the church cemetery following the service. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday, April 18, 2014 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 4 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. There will be a community luncheon to celebrate Jim's life at Deerfield High School, 300 Simonson Blvd, Deerfield, WI at 12:30pm following the burial service. All are welcome.

He was my father, coach and friend. From his endless snowmobile trips, to my endless sporting events we were there for each other. I just hope that one day I can grow in to the man that he was. He is loved and missed dearly.

Dad never missed anything that we were in. It didn't matter if it was a basketball game or a choir concert. I knew I could always look up in the stands to see his smiling face or hear his encouraging voice. I will never forget how much he gave up for me. His endless love and warming personality will stick with me forever. It was a blessing to be with such a great father and friend for 18 years. I love you dad.

Whether it was taking a fishing trip to the cabin for a week or going to one of my basketball tournaments, Dad was always there, he always had something to say. After a hard day, he somehow put a smile on my face and those are the moments I won't forget. I love you to the moon and back Daddy.

You are the love of my life, my rock and stronghold. Your love and support was unconditional and allowed me to be me. You are the story of my life, 28 chapters of my book. I will write many more for you to read, but I already read the last few pages so I know how the story ends. All my love.

Memorials may be made to the Jim Jensen Memorial Fund at the Bank of Deerfield.

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Memories of James

D. Dwyer
Apr 29, 2014

Dear Jensen Family - I just heard of the passing of Jim. My comany is a customer of Infor and I have had interactions with Jim several times over the last few years. He made a great impression. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.

 
Mimi
Apr 21, 2014

Dear Jensen Family - I worked with Jim at Infor and could always count on him for a good story or funny email. He was great at sales, but was even better at building trusting relationships with customers and coworkers. There wasn't a conversation we had that didn't include stories about his family. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. He will be missed.

 
Liz
Apr 21, 2014

Dear Jensen Family: My heart goes out to all of you. I worked with Jim at Lawson and he was a wonderful guy to work with (I was the admin for Extended Services). Jim always had a joke for me and/or we would discuss politics and poke fun at each others' opinions. I just heard the news of Jim's passing today, and am greatly saddened. He will truly be missed by all, as he touched many lives. Your words and pictures express how much he meant to you and how missed he will be. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers and hope your memories console you.

 
Sue Leary
Apr 21, 2014

Jim's family and loved ones: what a shock! May God give you peace and comfort in knowing that Jim ran the good race and fought the good fight.

I worked with Jim at Lawson and again at Infor. I was fortunate to know him. Jim was a wonderful man outside of his family too. I just heard the news today.

My sympathy's to all of you,

 
Jill(Castellon) & Carl Bezemek
Apr 19, 2014

So sorry for your loss sending prayers.

 
The Collar Family
Apr 19, 2014

To the entire Jensen family -
We're so sorry for your loss. We feel so blessed to have known Jim. He touched not only our lives but all of the community as well. With your sons being the same ages as our sons - this naturally brought us all closer together. Jim was a great guy to share so many of life's experiences together. With all of the sporting events, musicals, solo ensembles, Packer parties or even going up to Tomahawk - Jim was always a great guy to hang out with as our families grew closer. He coached both of our sons in baseball and soccer when they were young. Jim's love and patience for helping others was just a natural part of his character and will be greatly missed. Jim was always the first guy to step forward and lend a helping hand. How many baseball gloves did he re-string, how many kids did he coach, how many rides were given, how many times did he throw a comforting arm over their shoulder to calm or encourage... Jim demonstrated to our kids the kind of man that everyone could look up to. Michelle, Nick, Matt & Maren - you'll always be in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless & Take Care. - The Collar Family

 
dean kuntz
Apr 18, 2014

TO THE JENSEN FAMILY.IAM SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT JIM.NOT ONLY WAS HE A GREAT FRIEND HE WAS ALWAYS SOMEONE I WISHED I COULD BE LIKE. I HAVENT SEEN HIM SINCE HIGH SCHOOL BUT I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE TIMES WE HAD TOGETHER. I GUESS THATS HOW STUPID WE ARE AS WE GET OLDER.YOU LOSE TOUCH WITH THE PEOPLE YOU GROW UP WITH AND NEVER KEEP IN TOUCH.I WILL MISS YOU .SO SORRY I NEVER KEEP IN TOUCH. LOVE YOU JIM BUTTER!! PS I HOPE YOU AND RADAR ARE UP THERE SMILING DOWN ON US AND REALIZE ALL THE PEOPLE YOU BOTH HAVE HAD A POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON!

 
Corey
Apr 18, 2014

My heart aches for Jim's family, and friends. I worked with Jim for many years, and he was one of those people who never let me down. He was steady, kind, smart, and just a really nice guy. I am really going to miss him.

 
George Skoubis
Apr 18, 2014

I'd like to send my condolences and sympathy to Jim's family and friends.
I've been in a state of shock since hearing the news of Jim's passing.
This week I've spent a lot of time thinking of all the great times we had growing up together. I know everyone that spent any amount of time with him has great memories also. That's the kind of person he was, always thinking of ways to make the most of any situation.
I regret not keeping in touch as adults.
I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

 
Bruce Zmolek
Apr 18, 2014

Jensen Family,

I am so sorry for your tragic loss. I remember competing against Jim in high school and getting to know his family when I moved to Necedah. I wish I had the words to help ease your pain.

 
Cindy and Jim Saunders
Apr 18, 2014

Michelle, Nick, Matt, Maren,

If words could help us ease the pain of the loss of a loving husband, father, son, teammate, co-worker then this stream of condolences from so many lives touched is surely a blessing to you all. Like so many others, I worked with Jim for many years at ADP. I had a mere 6 months on the job when his band of six came on board and in half that time he had outpaced me by miles. He was such a quick learner and I was mesmerized by that series of hand motions that his mother taught him to keep him from being too bored while he waited for others to catch up... and he was always waiting for the rest of us to catch up. He helped make us a "family" with his tireless dedication to quality, his wealth of knowledge, his willingness to share and his joyous sense of humor regarding the human condition! Jim's outlook on life and deep open love for both the family that raised him and the family that he and you created was his greatest joy! Our paths converged for a time and it was good... good times, good work, good memories... If you have read/heard the poem "The Dash" then you will understand when I say that Jim Jensen has one of the greatest "dashes" witnessed in my lifetime! May God continue to keep your family in His loving grace and give you peace! You will remain in our prayers just a Jim will remain in our hearts and memories!

 
Joe Roose
Apr 18, 2014

I knew Jim from school at Necedah, along with many others I recognize that are leaving tributes. Although I wasn't a close friend, it's wonderful to see the kind of impact he had on all that were fortunate to have known him. He was someone that always made an impression when you talked with him or were around him. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

 
Mark & Deb Galla
Apr 17, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this very difficult time.

 
Jeff Sponder
Apr 17, 2014

Jim and i worked together at ADP and also were friends. Jim was the kind of guy that when you needed help or had a project to do would not only help you but would do most of it. He worked harder than anyone I knew. He was such a nice man. i will miss him. My sympathy to you, Michelle and Nick, Matt and Maren.

 
Nancy Joyce
Apr 17, 2014

Michelle - I was stunned and shocked when i got this news - Jim's passing is such a loss to a great many people. Jim and I were hired by ADP on the same day back in 1987. Over the years we worked together, i grew to care for the wonderful man he was. Our kids are very close in age, 19 and 15 and though i had girls, we had much to share and talk about! Family man, business man, inspiring human being.
No words will help or heal the pain of grief. Jensen family - know that you do not mourn or grieve alone! What a blessing and comfort it must be knowing he is not alone but with his father whom i met on several occasions and knew how deeply Jim loved him! His life, love and legacy will carry on. You are in my prayers and forever in my heart.

 
Brad and Parker Massey
Apr 17, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers our with you.

 
Dave Schmitt
Apr 17, 2014

Deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the family.
He was a great teammate and friend to all. I remember him always having a smile on his face. That was usually a good thing....but, you always had to be ready for some type of prank. He was fun to be around, to say the least. He will be missed.

 
Maria Gattuso
Apr 17, 2014

So saddened by the news of Jim's passing. We worked together at PeopleSoft, and will never forget Jim's kind nature, always smiling, no matter what the circumstances. Spent many hours at Pazzo's with Jim, HR Bob, Brett, and the rest of "lab" members. My prayers and thoughts go out to Michelle and the kids...so very sorry for your deep loss of your "rock". He is one of a kind!

 
Rick and Shelly Jorandby
Apr 17, 2014

We send our deepest condolences and sympathy to you
Michelle, Nick, Matt and Maren on the loss of your husband and Dad.
I once heard that anyone can be a father but it takes a special man to be a Dad. And JJ fit that definition to a T.
Having spent countless hours on the football, basketball and baseball fields/courts, classrooms, woods and fields and our parents homes I realize how much JJ's friendship and personality helped shape and develop my life for the better. He always strived to do his best and pushed me to do the same. The stories and memories of the times JJ, Terry and I spent together are way to numerous to print here but will be cherished forever in my heart. And the times discussing our families endeavors and successes will greatly be missed.
I realize now that all of us are blessed to have just a few
"Best" friends in our lives and I was privileged to have JJ as one of mine. The void in our hearts is immense, he will be greatly missed. God Bless.

 
Jennifer Haskell
Apr 17, 2014

Michelle, Nick, Matt and Maren,
I had the joy and honor to work with Jim for several years at ADP. We were both AE Supervisors and therefore saw eachother at our monthly meetings. We talked on the phone a lot also for scheduling purposes and usually ended up catching up on each other's families and what was going on in our individual lives. I have to say Jim was one of those wonderfully rare individuals who was very serious about getting the job done correct and to a high quality but also helped keep the stress level down when things could get tense. When we had out of town meetings together, he always helped to turn them into productive meetings with a lot of fun social time included. You know, "if you have to be away from family and home, you might as well make the most of it" feeling? Well, Jim always was the one who helped us "make the most of it". I remember him being the one to help organize a way to grill steak and potatoes and ice down the beverages instead of another boring meal in a resturant. He would be the one to organize a quick round of golf. He was a joy to work with and a fine team-member. I will always remember his smile. I will continue to keep all of you in my prayers. He will be missed!

 
Lisa Gurskis
Apr 16, 2014

Michelle, Nick, Matt and Maren,
I worked with Jim at PeopleSoft for many years. I remember how crazy we all thought he was for driving from Deerfield, WI to Westchester, IL almost every day and on top of that always being one of the first ones to get to the office! He would say that it took 22 cups of coffee to get there! He was the heart and soul of the "PeopleSoft Implementation Lab team" and we all looked forward to any meeting we would have with him. He did whatever it took to make things work and always with such a sense of humor. He talked about all of you so often and would light up when he looked at your pictures that he had on his desk in his office. I pray that you find strength in your Faith to somehow make sense of it all. We will all miss him and will never forget him. God Bless!

 
Peg Minogue
Apr 16, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with the Jensen immediate and extended family and friends. I worked with Jim at ADP but our friendship withstood the test of time. The years may have let us drift a bit, but we were really never far apart. Jim was one in a million and the void in my heart can only be filled with all the good times we shared. May the grace of God help you get through this most difficult time.Share your favorite memories of James

 
The Rathmanns
Apr 16, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with you...

 
John & Trish Reed
Apr 16, 2014

Within a few days of moving into our new home in Tomahawk, Jim stopped by to meet and welcome us. We noticed during this encounter that Jim had a way about him. We noticed his constant smile and easy manner and we liked him very much immediately. Over the past almost two years, Jim would stop by to say hello during most all of his trips to the family cabin (and to inquire about the snowmobile trail conditions, the weather or the fishing, etc). We did notice that he always seemed to be fixing something and running into town for parts. We also noticed that Jim spent a lot of quality time with his children. Trish and I feel truly blessed to have known Jim and we will miss him. He was truly a great guy. Michelle, Nick, Matt and Marin, we are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything at all we can help you with up here.

 
Kevin Flynn
Apr 16, 2014

I worked with Jim for the past couple of years at Infor. What impressed me most about Jim was his work ethic, diligence, and follow-through. He was always ahead of the curve, and usually pushing the rest of the team along to move our group ahead, to make the next sale, and to achieve the next result. It was very comforting to have someone like that as part of the team. After reading the obituary, it sounds like Jim carried those characteristics to all aspects of his life. In Chicago a couple of months back, Jim spoke fondly of his upcoming snowmobile trip with his sons. Glad to know that he was able to enjoy that trip before God called him home.

 
Kathy Sartori Hankard
Apr 16, 2014

Dear Michelle,
I haven't seen you in years but I saw Jim's obituary and wanted to reach out. I remember chatting when you'd first started dating Jim and you really had stars in your eyes. Your children are about the same age as ours (18,16,13); I am so very very sorry for your loss.

 
Mark Ellison
Apr 16, 2014

I was very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. My deepest sympathies. May the love of family and friends sustain you in these difficult days.

 
Trina Winger
Apr 16, 2014

I am so very sorry for your loss. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.

 
Mary Petrosky
Apr 16, 2014

I've worked with Jim for years. He helped me for anything I needed. His calming demeanor would add a smile to difficult days. I'm so very sorry to hear of his passing. My sympathy goes out to Jim's family, he will be missed my so many.

 
Steve Fiore
Apr 16, 2014

I was very lucky to have met Jim through our daughters playing Wisconsin Academy basketball together the past few years. We had many bleacher talks, and many laughs. He had such a great presence around him, and I always felt better about things after talking to him. It very hard to believe he is gone. My deepest, heartfelt sympathy goes out to Michelle, Maren and the boys.

 
Michele Semich
Apr 16, 2014

I am so very sorry of the passing of Jim. I have worked with Jim for many years at Lawson/Infor, and all I can say, is what a great guy! We werre in the same group, public sector and I knew I could always count on Jim to help me on any of my projects. He will be sorely missed. Thoughts and prayers go to his entier family.

 
joan (king) lohry
Apr 16, 2014

i went to school with Jim he was a great guy sorry for your loss prayers are with you all

 
Michael & Sharon Griffin
Apr 15, 2014

Rest in Peace Jim,

During our tenure with ADP we were always leaving and going somewhere.

The scripture teaches us 'to be absent from the body is to be present with Christ' How appropriate for you to leave us during this holy week.

Our Prayer for the family is that they will rejoice at the completion of your sojourn here on earth and as Moses teaches us ... we should number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. This is wisdom. Love Jesus with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind.

 
Terry & Kami Quinter
Apr 15, 2014

No words can begin to describe the sadness and heartache we feel over the loss of such a great friend...... Jim, Terry and Rick and all the stories that go along with those three...... All the days spent together at the softball fields...... all the nights spent together at Sportsman's...... vacations spent in Hayward together........ high school.......summers home from collage........each others weddings........the births of our children. So much life shared and celebrated together. Forever in our hearts........... Michelle a poem by E.E. Cummings that is one of my favorites for you and your children. Love to you all.....

I carry your heart with me I carry it in my heart. I am never without it, anywhere I go you go my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing, my darling

I fear no fate for you are my fate, my sweet
I want no world for beautiful you are my world,
my true and it's you whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

Here is the deepest secret nobody knows
here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide and
this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

I carry your heart..... I carry it in my heart

E.E. Cummings

 
Siewerts
Apr 15, 2014

We were saddened and shocked to hear of Jim's passing and the unimaginable loss that his family is feeling this week. The memories and tributes posted help all of realize how he truly touched many lives and served others with positivity, humor and confidence. In our sadness and confusion about the loss of such a young man, we are reminded to trust in the Lord's strength and peace that only He can give. We all long for human understanding and words to comfort Michelle, Nick, Matt and Maren. Many are praying daily for strength for all of you. Jim obviously treasured his family and children as true gifts and you will certainly continue to make your dad proud! We are here to help you guys through this incredibly difficult time of sadness and loss.
The Siewerts - Steve, Lynda, Nate and Steffi

 
Amy Sergeant
Apr 15, 2014

Michelle, Nick, Matt and Maren- I am so sorry for the loss of your dear husband and father. I cannot picture Jim without a big smile on his face. I am thinking of you all and hope that `the love in your hearts guides your through this difficult time.

 
Mark Nicholson
Apr 15, 2014

Michelle - Thoughts and prayers are with you, your kids, your families and friends. Sorry for your loss...

 
Linda Toman - Kozlowski
Apr 15, 2014

 
Jamie Tracy Hildebrandt
Apr 15, 2014

We are at a loss for words over this, searching for the meaning. We have endless memories. So grateful for the role model he was and always will be in memory to Ben. We couldn't have asked for a better second Dad to our son. Am glad I did have a moment to thank him for that. Good friend to Jamie with memories of them & the boys. The sarcastic banter we shared at games will be deeply missed. Jim, you lived your life to the fullest every day... Hope my children will take your example and do the same. Hope all will learn to pay it forward as you always did! Blessed to have been able share life with you. Much love and on going support to Michelle Nick Matt Maren.

 
The Johnson Family- Robert, Dawn, Anthony, Elizabe
Apr 15, 2014

We are still in shock over this tremendous loss. We send our love and prayers. Jim's wry smile and hearty dose of love in everything he did will be forever missed.

 
Erica Aplin
Apr 15, 2014

Michelle, Nick, Matt and Maren,
I am so sorry for your loss. Your husband/father will forever be smiling that Jim smile down from heaven as he watches your family through the years.

 
Chuck Cooper & Cyndi Willenborg
Apr 15, 2014

Jim and I were associates at ADP for several years and I am very saddened to hear the news. Jim was such a good guy and it's hard to believe that he's gone. Our best wishes and prayers to the family during this difficult time.

 
Kevin & Ginger Laveau
Apr 15, 2014

Dear Michelle and family,
We are shocked and heartbroken to hear of Jim's passing. We will always remember Jim as a kind and fun-loving person. Every time we were together with Jim was sure to be full of laughter and fun. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Jensen family.

 
Kevin and Anna (Crawford) Krueger
Apr 15, 2014

Our thoughts are with you all. Going from one great loss to another brings a great deal of sorrow to the heart. I do believe that our loved ones meet again. I hope you can find some peace in that. We did not see much of each other over the years but one thing that is "branded" in my memory is his great smile and "the devilish grin" in his eyes! Prayers to your family. It is wonderful to read how many lives he touched.

 
the Bierds
Apr 15, 2014

Truly one of the greatest all around guys I have had the pleasure to know. Playing ball with Jim was always a treat (bad ankle and all), always happy. Never a discouraging word, always smiling, always %110. I miss you already. His excellence mirrored in his vibrant children. You did a great job Jim, enjoy your rest!

 
Karen Seiler
Apr 15, 2014

Jim and I worked together for some years at PeopleSoft/Oracle. We were part of a great team that enjoyed a lot of time together. We did those team building things together, drank a lot of coffee together, complained about our territories, shared customers stories and more. Jim had a way to make it fun and at times really funny. Our team was always blessed to hear about Jim's great adventures or projects at home and his stories of his kids and sports, and yes the tales of the Cadillac(s). Its hard to remember getting a lot of work done but I have great memories working with Jim. A great man and a good friend. I will be praying for you Michelle, Nick, Matt and Maren.

 
Dave and Sheri Butler
Apr 15, 2014

Dear Shelly and family,
We were so sorry to hear of the loss of Jim. Your family always has meant a lot to ours and you have our deepest sympathy. May the love and support of family and friends help you through. God Bless you all and Jim on his journey.

 
Richard Hamilton
Apr 15, 2014

I did not have the privilege of knowing Jim for very long; he was my colleague at Infor and I only started working here since last June. However, in a short time he made many good impressions for me. A few months ago we were in Chicago for a business meeting and during a relaxed moment we shared stories of riding snowmobiles; I in Colorado along the Great Divide (while on a ski trip), and he every winter in Minnesota or at his cabin. In fact he talked of heading out to the cabin the weekend after our meeting. He seemed so happy and alive. It is very hard to see someone pass who is so young and full of life.
It is rough times like this that I look to PSALM 18-2 and the passage: "The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower."
I am glad I had the opportunity to know you, if only for a little while. Rest in peace, Jim.

 
Gerry Rymes
Apr 15, 2014

As coworkers, Jim and I frequently pooled our creative energies to resolve challenging assignments. I know his voice, appreciated him as a quality professional, and experienced his sense of humor and his humanity. I am saddened to think that I have lost the chance to meet him in person, at least in this life.
In this networked world, I am sure Jim had a similar impact on many others like me.
Jim's family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

 
kelly j
Apr 15, 2014

I worked with Jim from time to time. Good guy. 50 is too young. for his family, you are in my thoughts & praryers

 
Kristi and Gregg Ebert
Apr 15, 2014

The Jensen family happily enfolded us into their family when Gregg and I moved to Necedah in 1973. They have been an important part of our lives ever since. I remember Jim for his awesome sense of humor.....when subbing in math class, Jim refused to do math until he was allowed to perform a skit from Saturday Night Live - it is a cherished memory of mine. Gregg has voluminous memories of teaching and coaching Jim as well as all of the summer softball tournaments where they played as teammates. Jim was always the kind of guy who gave 125% in everything he did. Everyone who knew Jim will sorely miss his presence in their lives. Take heart in the fact that he touched the lives of so many others.....

"In one sense there is no death. The life of a soul on earth lasts beyond his departure. You will always feel that life touching yours, that voice speaking to you, that spirit looking out of other eyes, talking to you in the familiar things he touched, worked with, loved as familiar friends. He lives on in your life and in the lives of all others that knew him."
- Angelo Patri

Our sympathy goes out to the whole family....we are sending our love and lots of hugs.

 
The Beckers
Apr 15, 2014

Michelle, Nick, Matt, & Maren,

Our thoughts and prays are with you.

 
Bob Smelcer
Apr 15, 2014

Jim started working for me part time when he was just a Junior in high school and continued in the summers when he went to college. He was a wonderful employee and even a better friend. I am so sorry for your lose. We will always remember him and all the memories he has left us with. May God comfort you and be with you all.

 
Ken Strieker
Apr 15, 2014

Jim was a great friend and colleague early in our careers at ADP. Jim was always so good to me and I learned so much from him. We had loads of fun after work as well and started our families around the same timeframe. Michelle - Mary and I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

 
Jeff Bump
Apr 15, 2014

Jim and I worked together for years at ADP. We played some golf and tipped some beers along the way. He was always so full of life and joy, it is hard to imagine he is gone. It was an honor to have known Jim, and I am very sorry for your loss.

 
Joyce Brown
Apr 15, 2014

It still doesn't seem possible that Jim can be gone. That if I need to go over to the house that he won't be working in the basement (or doing the laundry). He was always to be found dropping kids off, at games and concerts, quietly being the ballast of the Jensen home.

 
Rebecca Langren
Apr 15, 2014

As Jim's work colleague and friend, I'm proud and grateful to have known such a kind, warm, funny and thoughtful man. He will be missed. Jim loved to talk about his family, and I know he continues to watch over you.
Heartfelt prayers and thoughts surround the Jensen family, and I wish you all peace and strength as we continue to celebrate Jim's spirit and life.

 
Wyman's
Apr 14, 2014

Very sorry for your loss - God be with you all

 
Carlos Thomas
Apr 14, 2014

I had the chance to shake Jim's hand and I am a better man for it. He will be missed at work where he was always a delight to engage with. 50 is too young. I will speak to him tonight in my prayers.

 
SuAnn Pagel-Rast
Apr 14, 2014

Jim was in my 7th grade reading class in my first year of teaching in Necedah. He always had a big smile and you never knew what he was cooking up with Mike Lodahl and his other buddies. My deepest sympathy to his family in Deerfield and in Necedah. My prayers for comfort and support to all of you! May God's love and peace surround you with memories of a special man!

 
Connor Family
Apr 14, 2014

Michelle, Nick, Matt, & Maren,
You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. Jim will be remembered by so many for his kindness and encouraging ways. Love & Condolences, John & Laura, Jessica, Shannon & Kenny

 
Deana Kiesling Vandermause
Apr 14, 2014

Jim was one of my best friends in high school. So many memories. I am so sorry Michelle. I can't even imagine the grief your feeling right now but know that there are a lot of people that are saying a lot of prayers for you and the kids.

 
Dolores Zeeh
Apr 14, 2014

Michelle, Nick, Matt, and Maren,
Thinking of all of you with special hugs. Jim was always immensely proud of his family in every way, family was #1
always.God bless each of you in a special way. Michelle, I will stop out to chat with you when I get home from China.

 
Mitch wengrzynowicz
Apr 14, 2014

Michelle I'm so sorry for your loss. Jim was a great friend in high school. I remember him taking time after basketball practices to help me get better. Always fun to be around. I used to tease him about being older than him (2-2-1964) he would just laugh. Again I'm so sorry for your loss. Mitch.

 
Jake Lee
Apr 14, 2014

Mrs Jensen, Nick, Matt, and Maren
Just wanted to say how sorry I was to hear about the passing of your husband and father. He was a really nice guy. He helped my mom and I on the way home from a basketball tournament. He was always so nice.
May your grief be eased by the memories you have of him.
Jake Lee

 
Anne Aplin
Apr 14, 2014

Jim- We all will miss you in Deerfield. You were one of the best DCC and GDU coaches! Your passion for all sports was amazing. Thank you for all you did for all the kids! Your smile, wit and calming presence will be missed. Much love to your family-Michelle, Nick, Matt and Maren. Love Anne and family

 
Smith Family
Apr 14, 2014

Michelle, Maren, Matt, Nick and your entire family our prayers and support go out to you. God has a plan and Jim was needed up in heaven. He will forever watch your family from heaven and be very proud of the awesome job you guys will continue to make him very proud of :-) The entire community of Deerfield is here for you, to be strong for you and to help you in any way possible! Please let us know if there is any way we can help... Stay strong and God Bless!
Deb, Ken, Britt and Mackenzie

 
Fred & April Brach
Apr 14, 2014

April and I had a lot of great times in high school together with Jim !! April grew up hanging out with Jim. We played Football & Baseball together. Have many great memories playing sports with Jim. April & I got to have some drinks with him last August, was a lot of fun. Glad We did now. God Bless Michelle & your kids. Thoughts and prayers.

 
Brett Rogers
Apr 14, 2014

To the Jensen Family - I worked with Jim at Infor; he was the consummate professional, the perfect teammate, and a great friend. Everyone at Infor held him, his intellect, and his work ethic in the highest regard. He loved talking about you all, and did so frequently. I truly can't say enough good things about Jim, or how much he will be missed. My family's hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to you all. I am so sad to see him go, but so privileged that I got to work with him each day. The world has lost one of its champions, but I know he's found a cold beer, a snowmobile, and a good view to watch over you all.

Brett, Julie, Grayson, and Caroline Rogers

 
Gayle Hemberger-Lee, Gilbert Lee,
Apr 14, 2014

Michelle, Nick, Matt, and Maren
our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. Jim was a wonderful man who loved you all so much. May God wrap his loving arms around you and help you through this time of sorrow. He may be gone but he will always be in your heart and in your memories.
He was a great help to me one night coming home from a basketball tournament. My car wasn't working very well and he jumped it 5 times on the way home. He made sure that Jake and I got home alright. We really appreciated the way he went out of his way to help us, but that is who he was.

 
Eric, Maggie, Eileen & Drew Nelson
Apr 14, 2014

JJ was not only a quiet, unassuming man while doing the "little things" behind the scenes, to help make the Deerfield community a better place. He was also passionate, athletic and dedicated on the softball field, a great teammate who enjoyed friendly competition and having a good time with his friends. Most importantly, he loved his family. His friendship will be dearly missed and we pray that Michelle, Nick, Matt and Maren will get through this difficult time, knowing how special he was to so many people, recognizing that he is now in God's hands. Family and friends will comfort you, as the Lord is comforting Jim.

 
Gratz Famil
Apr 14, 2014

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this sad and difficult time. You have such a wonderful close family. Stay strong and find strength in each other and your faith. God Bless!!

 
Cheryl (Enzenbacher) Trevorrow
Apr 14, 2014

My heart goes out to the family during this very sad time. May you find strength and love in each other to help you through it all. God Bless you all....

 
Sandy (Davis) Carlson
Apr 14, 2014

Thinking of you at this difficult time in your lives! Jim was a good kid in high school, he graduated with my sister Norma Davis. Many prayers coming your way to help you through this. God Speed.

 
Cindy Grogan
Apr 14, 2014

Shelly and family - I can't believe this news. I always loved the ***twinkle*** in Jim's eyes.

Wishing you strength to get through this time. So glad you have so many wonderful memories to lean upon. Much love - Cindy

 
John Scharff
Apr 14, 2014

So Sorry for your loss, I remember Jim as a great team mate in basketball during high school. I hope the great memories you have of Jim can ease any of the pain of him leaving us to early.

 
T McGinnis
Apr 14, 2014

Jimmy J was an awesome guy. He always had a smile on his face & a story to tell, especially when asking for "vitamins". Our hearts go out to you, Shelly, and to Nick, Matt, Maren & Jim's family. Just let us know if you need anything! He will be greatly missed by a lot of people!!

 
Mike Lodahl
Apr 14, 2014

I am so sorry. :(
I can't even put into words how shocked I am.
Was a great friend growing up from Jr. High through High School at Necedah.
So many memories from all those years in classes, and especially in sports.
Spent all my sports years with Jim as a team mate.
Saddened and will be missed by all.
Thoughts and prayers.
Mike Lodahl

 
Denny Mayer
Apr 14, 2014

My sincere and heartfelt prayers and sympathy to Jim's wife, children, Mother, brother and sisters and all family and friends! Always a happy smile, kind word, cheerful attitude. A well rounded and grounded "Man". I watched him grow up in Necedah. I knew him from working at the hardware store. A great athlete and fiend to all. May his soul and the hearts of all who knew and loved him rest peacefully in Christ this Holy week, as his soul is risen to the Glory of God's presence this Easter. Peace to all!

 
Brian A. Vander Meulen
Apr 14, 2014

We had lost touch over the years but seeing Jim at our class reunion was a blast, he was kind enough to share his glasses so I could see the pictures "with humor" of course. Lots of great childhood memories have Jim in them. My most sincere sympathy to his family.

 
Lu Ann Hommen
Apr 14, 2014

Jim was a caring, funny, and giving man. He will be deeply missed but the many memories that he has left us with will remain in our hearts forever. His family met the world to him and that was very apparent whenever we saw him at sporting events, church, or just out and about. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Rick, Lu Ann, Mike Hommen

 
Joey Kroll
Apr 14, 2014

Hi Michelle,
I am so sorry for the loss of Jimmy. My heart is breaking. He was such a great friend and a wonderful man. I know he was so proud of you and your children. He will be so missed by so many people. Please do not hesitate to let me know if there is any little thing I can do to help you and your family through this.
Much love...
Joey Kroll

 
Chuck, Molly, Nicole and Jack Poirier
Apr 14, 2014

Michelle, Nick, Matt and Maren, we are so sorry for your loss! Your husband and father was such a wonderful kind man! Cherish the memories and know that he lived his life for you! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

 
debbie gagner
Apr 14, 2014

Prayers and love from our family to yours. Gary,debbie, steven,nick gagner and lucas goelzer.

 
The Bultman Family
Apr 14, 2014

Jim was a wonderful coach to our daughter and will be missed greatly. Jacob enjoyed talking to Jim at ball games even when your kids were not playing. Prayers and Hugs are sent your way~Randy, Val, Tara, Jacob and Rachel.

 
April Halverson
Apr 14, 2014

I Went To School And Graduated With Jim. Sending My condolences To The Family. April Pray Halverson

 
Joelle Seymour
Apr 14, 2014

Haven't seen him in decades but he was NEVER forgotten. Spent 8 years of HS and College working (and chatting) at the TrueValue store and on drives to UWSP.

Thoughts and prayers to you all. He will be missed by many...

 
Jason and Shana Bongle
Apr 14, 2014

Our deepest sympathies to the Jensen's. We are praying for you. - Jason, Shana, Grayson, Gavin and Maya Bongle

 
Tim and Karyn (Sabey) Bell
Apr 14, 2014

Life throws us curve balls and sometimes they are hard to grasp. Forever in our memories "Mr. Athlete". You were one heck of a ball player!

 
Lori (Hall) Haschke
Apr 14, 2014

Please know that his entire family is in my thoughts and prayers. Jim will always hold a very special place in my heart. I imagine him in Heaven playing ball, and smiling down watching his family.

 
Christy (Litkea) Johnson
Apr 14, 2014

Dear Michelle and family. The loss of a loved one is never easy, but we find comfort in the all the wonderful memories along the way, family and friends to lean on and a God that is a loving God. You are an awesome family that has overcome obstacles along the way and I believe that your faith in God continues to be your stronghold. Stay strong and

 
Sue Dean
Apr 14, 2014

No words can explain what an amazing man he was or how deeply he will be missed. Jim touched so many lives in ways we all will cherish. He will live on in our memories forever. With Love and our condolences...Corey, Sue, Cody, Colin and Amanda

 
Tami & Curt Graffin & Family
Apr 14, 2014

We will miss your quiet presence Court side but will always continue to cheer on your children with enthusiam!

With Love from the Graffin Family

 

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