Ritchie Jensen


WALNUT — Ritchie A. Jensen, 61, of Atkinson, formerly of Walnut, died Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

He was born Dec. 31, 1955, in Princeton to Harley and Betty (Hotchkiss) Jensen. He married Debra Sawyers on June 2, 1973, in Walnut.

Ritchie was an operations specialist for Bituminous Insurance for 15 years. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan and also enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and attending dirt track stock car racing at various different tracks. He loved his family and adored his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Deb of Atkinson; two sons, Christopher (Jessica) Jensen of Burrton, Kan., and Ritchie (Amber) Jensen of Villa Grove; his mother, Betty of Mineral; his stepmother, Karen Jensen of Walnut; three brothers, Donald Hotchkiss of Mineral, Jerry Jensen of Princeton and Bobby Stern of Walnut; and three grandchildren, Brock, Addie and Alex Jensen.

He was preceded in death by his father and a brother, Terry.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 4, at the First Christian Church in Walnut with Pastor Brian Moore officiating. Cremation rites will follow the services.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut.

A memorial has been established in his memory.

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