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Robert W. Jensen

Robert W. Jensen

Male 1917 - 2009  (92 years)

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  • Name Robert W. Jensen  [1, 2, 3
    Nickname Bob 
    Born 21 Oct 1917  Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Military Service U.S. Navy - WW II 
    Occupation Manufacturing - Machinist 
    Died 30 Oct 2009  Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Buried Cedar Memorial Park Cem, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I10467  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2013 

    Father William Howard Jensen,   b. 1892,   d. 1970  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Maude B. Boyd 
    Married Y  [1
    Divorced Yes  [1
    Family ID F3790  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Marilyn Lillian McGowan,   b. 3 Apr 1924, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 2010, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 3 Jul 1942  [2, 4
     1. Robert A. Jensen
     2. Gary Jensen
    Last Modified 11 Jul 2012 
    Family ID F3791  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The Social Security Death Index records that Robert W. Jensen (SSN issued by Iowa) was born 21 Oct 1917 and died 30 Oct 2009 while residing in Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA.
    • Obituary, The [Cedar Rapids, IA] Gazette, p. 10A (1 Nov 2009):
      "Robert W. Jensen, 92, died Oct. 30, 2009, in his sleep, with his loving wife, Marilyn, at his side.
      "Bob "Hardrock" Jensen was born Oct. 21, 1917, in Cedar Rapids, the son of a railroad man, Bill Jensen, and mother, Maude (Boyd). Bob graduated from the old Washington High School in Cedar Rapids. He and Marilyn were married July 3, 1942, and shared a great life together for 67 years. They later on moved to Cottage Grove Place.
      "Bob served his country proudly during World War II aboard the "C.F. Hughes," fighting in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Returning home, he was hired by the Collins Radio Co., where he was employed for over 45 years as a machinist. He was known for his perfection in working with metals and these talents later helped serve in building parts for the space program.
      "He was a Mason and a Shriner and held the lodges in high esteem. He had a passionate love of nature and it showed in every manner of his life. Extraordinary hobbies included raising and breeding parakeets, racing and showing pigeons, building free flight airplanes and even becoming a professional in trap shooting. He loved lapidary work, watching football and going to sprint car races. Generally anything that could be made, he would try and build it. Bob was also a past member of the CR Bass Club, Ducks Unlimited, and many other wonderful organizations.
      "He and Marilyn however were dedicated to their sons and their families, and that showed in every aspect of his life. He felt that time taken with his sons in the field made sense of his mission as a father. The family's request for those who knew him is to enjoy a warm moment in nature and smile at a life lived to the fullest.
      "He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; sons, Robert A. (Karen) and Gary (Theresa); grandchildren, Robert M. Jensen, Jennifer (Danny) Spiker, Joshua and Alex Jensen; great-grandson, Sage Spiker; special niece, Sara Soglin of Madison, Wis.; brother, Myron Jensen of California; and many other loving nieces and nephews.
      "Family services will be held in private, with military honors by VFW Post 788...."
    • His son Bob has written that "My parents are buried at Cedar Memorial Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Dad is Robert W. Jensen and Mom is Marilyn Lillian McGowan...." (Sep 2012 Email from to Wm. C. Snouffer.)

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Personal |, Person Named, Spouse, or close Relative or Friend, (Bob Jensen; Email July 2012).

    2. [S40] Obituary|, Anonymous, "Obituary", (Robert W Jensen; 1 Nov 2009).

    3. [S281] Social Security|, U.S. Social Security Admin., Social Security Death Index, (

    4. [S40] Obituary|, Anonymous, "Obituary", (Marilyn L Jensen; 2 Jun 2010).