JAY JEROME JENSEN Tuesday, July 1, 1952 - Friday, August 11, 2017
Jay Jerome Jensen died suddenly of heart failure, Friday, August 11, 2017, in Billings, Missouri. Jay was born July 1, 1952 in Richland Center, Wisconsin, to Jerome and Jean (Kuykendall) Jensen. He was preceded in death by a son, Jason, his father, Jerome, and his step-father, Sheperd Blumenthal.
Jay bought his first motorcycle at 16 and it became his passion, owning several through the years. He earned a motorcycle mechanics degree and worked in the field, even owning his own shop. He was also a talented photographer like his father before him. He spent many years, camera in hand, attending concerts ranging from Led Zepplin to Roy Clark, and photographing all the action. Jay became a millwright by trade, working in the gold fields of Nevada until injury forced an early retirement.
Jay married the love of his life, Mary, in 1984. To this union came three wonderful children. Through many obstacles and sorrows, this love stayed true.
Jay's true gift was his effortless ability to make friends, he could relate to anyone on personal level. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of many subjects and shared this freely. He could recall decades of past events and relay them with such clarity and detail, that one would feel they were there. His incredible wit would leave them laughing in the aisles. He possessed a love for life and lived to it to the fullest.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jensen, of the home; son, Jesse Jensen, of Rockford Ill.; daughter, Jocelyn (Derrick) Pontnack, of Republic Mo.; two grandchildren, Max and Sydney Elizabeth Pontnack; mother, Jean Blumenthal, of Rockford, Ill.; sister, Dyann (Gilbert) Ellsworth, of Fla.; brother, Beau (Robin) Moore, of Wis.; lifelong friends, James Palmeno and Matt Spinello, both of Rockford, Ill.; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
A celebration of life event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2017, in the Billings Community Center, 119 Washington Street, Billings, Mo. In lieu of flowers, contributions for the family to cover expenses can be sent to P.O. Box 95, Billings, MO 65610. Family and friends may share online condolences on this website, at www.meadorsfuneralhome.com