Rollis Gunder Jensen, 96, of Denver, Iowa, died on Friday, January 25, 2019, at the Denver Sunset Home.
Rollis was born on July 30, 1922, in Oran, Iowa, the son of Oscar and Josephine (Rueckert) Jensen. He was confirmed on April 14, 1935, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran in Fairbank. He graduated from Bremer-Fayette Consolidated High School in 1939. He served in the United States Navy Seebees from May of 1943 to January of 1946. He was united in marriage to Velda Pipho on June 25, 1950, at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein. Rollis began his career as a carpenter. After serving in the Seebees he returned to resume work as a carpenter with his favorite being finish carpentry. In 1963, he served as interim Postmaster in Denver, later being appointed as Postmaster there. He served in that capacity from 1963 until his retirement in March of 1990.
Rollis enjoyed woodworking and making grandfather clocks for each of his children and grandchildren. He was an avid reader, having challenged himself to read every book in his high school and later many of the books in the Denver Public Library. He also enjoyed traveling, especially if it involved visits with his children and grandchildren. He is remembered by a large extended family, including many nieces and nephews; teaching his children and grandchildren to golf and enjoying golf with friends and family
Rollis was a member of St Peter Lutheran Church. He served on the Denver Public Library Board, the board that established the Denver Sunset Home, along with various city and church boards. He was a member of the Denver American Legion Post #653 for more than 60 years.
Rollis is survived by three daughters, Bonny (Merlin) Nuss of Overland Park, Kansas; Barbara (Dan) Andrew of Sedgwick, Kansas; Becky (Greg) Jensen Tissier of Danville, Illinois, and a son, Brian (Beth) Jensen of Clarendon Hills, Illinois; eleven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; his sisters, Ann Olander, Arlene McLaren, Jane Meyer, and Kay Schwarz; and his brothers, Lee, Kenneth, and Jim Jensen. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Josephine Jensen, a sister, Grace Albrecht and his brothers, Dale, John, Paul, Bob, and Tom Jensen.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Denver. Burial will follow at St. Peter Cemetery in Denver. Military rites at the grave will be conducted by Acker Matthias American Legion Post # 653. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Denver and for one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church. Memorials may be directed to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, His Hands Oran Food Pantry or to the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Denver is assisting the family with arrangements. 319-984-5379
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