The Mass of Christian Burial for Richard Eugene Jensen of Wadena was held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at the St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena, with Father Tim Wenzel presiding. Richard passed away at the age of 78 years on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.
Richard was born on Sept. 7, 1934, to Frank and Jessie (Mosier) Jensen in Ellendale, Minn. He was diagnosed at age 7 with Becker muscular dystrophy. After the death of his father, he moved with his mother to Park Rapids, then to a farm west of Sebeka, where they milked Jersey and Guernsey cattle until her age and his health made it too difficult.
Richard attended Alexandria Technical College in the 1960's to study food service management. After the death of his mother, he moved to Wadena, where he lived until his death.
Richard began using a wheelchair full time when he was 55, and thus spent 23 years wheelchair-bound. He did not let that keep him from being interested in a myriad of things. He read extensively, fiction of the 1920's and 1930's being his favorite, as well as magazines and books about farming, nature, conservation and anything else that took his fancy. In the most recent years, he sat at the computer and looked up all sorts of information on the Internet.
He was a great lover of flowers, and encouraged the planting of large varieties of them, especially perennials. He also supported ecology and conservation, and was especially interested in the preservation of rare domestic animals. He prided himself on wanting to know what was true and right and expressed outrage at any acts of cruelty to others.
Richard was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy and the Northern Minnesota Draft Horse Association.
He now is free from all pain and is able to see clearly the answers to the many things he wanted to know.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Jessie; brother, Howard; and step-daughter, Kara Circle. He is survived by his significant other, Betty (Myott) Circle; step-daughters, Kathy (Terry Carpenter) Circle of Fargo, Teresa Circle of Fargo and Bernadette (Tammy Mehr) Circle of St. Cloud; sister, Elaine (Alfred) Wondra of Blooming Prairie, Minn.; and four nieces, three nephews and many great nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers were Tom Wondra, Judy Malloy, Mary Goff, Pat Motl, Ann Winzenberg, Al Wondra and Joe Wondra. Pallbearers were Terry Carpenter, Tom Sellnow, Doug Goff, Steve Winzenberg, Phil Thoennes and David F. Mertens.
Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery in Wadena.
Arrangements were with Schuller Family Funeral Home in Wadena.