Stephen (Steve) Andrew Jensen, ETC USN Retired, 70, died Friday, March 23, 2018, after a two-month battle with multiple infections resulting in heart failure.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home in West Bend, Wisconsin, with visitation from 1-3 p.m.
Stephen Jensen was born June 22, 1947, to Andrew and Irene (Prahl) Jensen in Luverne. He graduated from Luverne High School in 1965. He also attended Northwestern Electronics Institute in Minneapolis.
In 1967 he joined the U.S. Navy and attended boot camp at Great Lakes Naval Base in Illinois. He also trained to be an electronics technician in A school.
He married Charlene Witt in January 1969, and he served his first duty station in Rota, Spain. He was transferred to the USS Brumby FF-104 at the Charleston, South Carolina, Naval Base in March of 1974. He was honorably discharged in March 1977. The family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he worked as an electronics technician at Globe Union. In May 1986 he reenlisted in the U.S. Navy as a reservist at the Naval Reserve base in Milwaukee, where he served in the Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare unit. In February 1991 he was named Sailor of the Year for his command. He retired in August 1997 after serving a total of 21 years.
In retirement he served on the Kewaskukm, Wisconsin, School Board, and was a member of the American Legion in West Bend, where he served as finance officer. He enjoyed doing woodworking and projects around the house as his health permitted.
In September 2015 he and his wife moved to Crossville, Tennessee, to live in the mountains.
He is survived by his wife Charlene (Witt) Jensen; a son, Stephen (Kim) Jensen; a daughter, Stephanie (Max Welsing) Jensen; a brother, Jeff (Deanna) Jensen; three granddaughters, Kristen (Mike) Goodwin, Amanda (Brian) Vasquez, and Brittany (Erika) Jensen; six great-grandchildren, Raphael, Ryan, Alyssa, Hayden, Zoey, and Lexi; eight nieces and nephews, as well as numerous other family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Arrangements were provided by Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home, 1315 W. Washington Street, West Bend, WI 53095.