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Richard 'Dick' Jensen

Richard Eugene ‘Dick’ Jensen, 76, passed away Sunday, October 6th, 2019, in his home in Aurora.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 on Friday, October 11th, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora. Inurnment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. No visitation. Condolences may be sent to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.


Dick Jensen, son of Eugene V. and Leona G. (Strotman) Jensen, was born in Aurora, Nebraska, on February 1, 1943. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Jeanie, who died in 2016.

In 1963, Dick was married to Cindy Nelson. Three children were born to this union: Kipton Eugene, Kealei Michelle, and Dick Junior (DJ). Dick grew up in Aurora and attended Aurora High School. He graduated from Milford Technical College. Dick’s father operated filling stations in Aurora and Hampton; in 1976 he turned that business over to his son. Dick managed the stations and the body shop. He also worked for a time at Chief Industry in Grand Island and Pioneer in York. For many years, Dick raced motorcycles, sprint cars, and late model stock cars. He also learned to fly airplanes during those years.

In 1982, Dick was united in marriage to Virgene ‘Jeanie’ (Wright) Friesen. After retiring from racing, Dick raised cattle and quarter horses. Dick was a 4-H leader and a member of the local saddle club. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He had a love of animals all his life.

Those left to cherish his memory are his sister, Julie (Dan) Newman of Aurora, and his children, Kipton (Marion) Jensen, Kealei (Jim) Castle and DJ (Penny) Jensen, all of Atlanta, Georgia, as well as Jeanie’s children, Angie (Mitch) Lane of Fullerton and Chris (Jenny) Friesen of Hampton; 14 grandchildren, including Luke, Kaila, Brittany and Kaitlyn Castle, Shanael Elge, Gabriel Case, Ariane, Sylvia and William Jensen, Noel Graham and Bradley Graham, Riley and Caitlin Lane, Courtney Friesen; 11 great grandchildren, Sophia and Isabella Elge, Ellie Case, Solomon and Psalm Castle, Ava, Fitz, and Heidi Biagini, Lively and Harlow Clayton, Ronnie Rae Lewallen; other family members and many beloved friends.

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