James A. Jensen, 80 of Lisbon, North Dakota died September 15, 2019 at CHI Lisbon Health, Lisbon, North Dakota.
Jim was born on September 18, 1938, the son of Vernon and Dagmar (Christensen) Jensen in rural Lisbon and grew up on the family farm. He attended country school at Island Park # 1 grades 1 -8 and graduated from Lisbon High School in 1956. After high school, Jim served in the North Dakota National Guard for a couple of years.
Jim was united in marriage to his high school sweet heart, Norma Potter on April 13, 1958 at the Methodist Church, Lisbon. Together they farmed and raised their four children on the 3rd generation farm, established by Jim’s grandfather in 1917 in Island Park Township.
Jim served on the Ransom County Soil Conservation Board for thirty-five years, was a 4H leader and served on various church boards. On October of 2001, an open house was held in recognition of his work with crop insurance, where he visited with many life long friends. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and getting together with his friends.
In his retirement years, he worked in his wood shop and enjoyed making many gifts for family and friends. He also was a collector of old guns, antiques and toy tractors.
Jim is survived by his loving wife, Norma of Lisbon, ND; son, Steve Jensen of Lisbon, ND; daughter, Stacy (Bryon) Olson of Richville, MN; grandson, Jesse Olson; great-grandchildren, Tanner, Bryon, Kain and Ella; grandson, Jared (Lindsey) Olson; great-grandsons, Aidan and Isaac; granddaughter, Alyssa Olson; son, Jerry Jensen of Lisbon, ND; daughter, Jill (Jerry) Entzi of Lehr, ND; grandson, Grant Baasch; granddaughters, Dana (Tyler Schlecht) Baasch and Jacy Entzi; brother-in-law, LaRay Ries of Dickinson, ND; sisters-in-law, Jeannine Crosby of Detroit Lakes, MN; Nita (Ronnie) Elijah of Lisbon, ND; Lynn Cavett of Nome, ND; aunt, Gladys Schreurs; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Roger, sister, Elaine Ries, nephew, Bob Ries, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jim & Luella Potter, sister-in-law, Nancy Narum and brother-in-law, Dean Crosby.
The family of Jim would like to thank the nurses at CHI Lisbon Health for their wonderful care during his time at the hospital.