July 9, 1941 – Jan. 31, 2013
Ron Jensen, 71, of Huron, S.D., died Jan. 31, 2013, at The Ambassador Subacute and Rehabilitation Center in Lincoln, Neb.
Ronald Milton Jensen was born July 9, 1941, in Huron, the third child of Ralph Hans and Mildred Mercedes (Munion) Jensen. He lived and went to school in Huron before enlisting in the Air Force Oct. 15, 1958. He was stationed in Tacoma, Wash., and was honorably discharged Aug. 17, 1962. He received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and the Good Conduct Medal for his achievements.
He married Marilyn Jean Schley Sept. 20, 1959, at McChord Air Ford Base in Tacoma. He then married Bonita (Bonnie) Rae Stratton Nov. 10, 1976, at Worland.
Ron loved to drive truck and he drove for various trucking companies. On July 20, 1977, going down the west side of Togwotee Pass, just west of Dubois, the brakes went out on his trailer hauling hot tar. Ron’s back was broken and he was burned, but he survived and walked out of the hospital. He became a partner for a rodeo stock contractor and helped haul the stock. Then another accident broke his neck on July 28, 2012, and Ron, always a fighter, decided to beat this obstacle, too, until cancer was found and took his life.
Ron loved trucking, horses, genealogy, story telling, leather and bead work, his friends and his family. He was a member of The Western Way Cowboy Church since it began in 2005, offering the building on his property to the church to provide a warm spot to hold services. He also belonged to the American Legion Post 138 of DeSmet, S.D. for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jerry Jensen. He leaves behind his wife, Bonnie; his children Bret (Kim) Jensen, DeSmet, S.D. and Tracey Santos, Pensacola, Fla.; his step-children, Connie Rodriguez, Lovell, and Mark Stratton, Las Vegas; brothers Richard Jensen, Roseburg, Ore., and Kenny Jensen, Huron; sister Alice Waldner, Huron; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, friends and his pal Sparky.
Memorial services are pending. Spreading of his ashes over the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming will take place at a future date.