- 75 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 23, 1938
- Date of passing: Mar 21, 2014
|Celebrating the life and talents of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend.|
This memorial website was created in memory of Bob Jensen who passed away on March 21, 2014. Bob touched a lot of people through his artwork and thoughtful acts of kindness. If you have a painting, greeting card, children's book or even a story about Bob, please upload a photo or share a memory here. He was a very special person who always thought of others first. This site is a celebration of his life and the strong example he set for everyone around him.
"Mary and family,
Our deepest sympathy during this difficult time.
We hope that over time you find peace in the memories you carry in your heart.
You can be so proud of Bob and the blessing he was to so many people.
Will close with the Aborigine Philosophy:
"We are all visitors to this time, this place.
We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe,
to learn, to grow, to love................
and then we return Home." God bless/ Jan Vold and family"
"We were extremely saddened to learn of the passing of former superintendent Robert Jensen. Many of us here in the town of Towa, Japan enjoyed a long and close relationship with Mr. Jensen. He will be sorely missed here.
Mr. Jensen was a highly respected member of the Clinton community with a warm personality. Through his long service as superintendent, he actively worked to develop all facets of the school system. We have lost a great leader with his passing.
Towa’s relationship with Mr. Jensen began in the latter half of the 1980s when a member of the Towa community named Mr. Takahashi went to Clinton on an agricultural study trip. He met Mr. Jensen there, and Mr. Jensen expressed a strong desire to see the burgeoning relationship between Towa and Clinton continue. Mr. Jensen himself came to Towa shortly after, and was instrumental in starting an exchange program for middle school students that continues to this day.
Since that time, roughly 10 students have participated in the exchange program yearly, and in the nearly quarter of a century since then hundreds of young people have benefitted from the program by deepening their global understanding through learning about the culture, history, lifestyle and customs of one another’s countries.
In 1994, Mr. Jensen initiated discussion that led to the creation of a Clinton Center in Towa to introduce students in Towa to school life and the Clinton area. This project would not have been realized without Mr. Jensen’s commitment and leadership.
Mr. Jensen was also instrumental in bringing a traditional dance group from Towa to the United States, creating another opportunity for deepened understanding and appreciation between our communities. While Towa and Clinton never officially became sister cities, there is no doubt that the relationship has been even closer than many cities that have that official title.
Towa’s relationship with Clinton also marked the start of our community’s concerted efforts at promoting international exchanges, to the point that Towa came to be called an “international exchange* community.
We have enjoyed a bond with Mr. Jensen that cannot be broken, and are deeply grateful for his meaningful work and contributions to that relationship. We had hoped that we could enjoy Mr. Jensen’s support for many more years, but sadly this is not to be.
When we think of Mr. Jensen at his final rest, we are so thankful for the key role he played in bridging our communities for much of his life. We want to express our gratitude for his giving heart, and to express our deepest sympathies to his family for their loss. Hoping that our relationship with Clinton will continue to grow, we bid him a fond farewell.
From your friends in Towa
Mineo Odashima (former mayor of Towa)
Kiyomi Obara (nee Kikuchi)
"Mr. Jensen was superintendent at Clinton when I was hired there. I admired his style and artistic abilities. I will remember him as a kind and caring individual. He most certainly will be missed by his loved ones and the Clinton community. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you."
"Although I have never met Mr. Jensen I feel like I have known him all to well. Jan and I worked together and always had such fun stories to tell us about her parents. I hope you find peace in knowing how much you were loved by your little girl."
"praying for all"
"It is my honor to have known Bob and the Jensen family. He raised amazing children who chose amazing significant others. Your family is tight knit and will make it thru the trials and tribulations to come. Soon the pain will soften as you revel in the memory of such a talented and loving soul. We have all been blessed by Bob in our own moments. He will be missed but not forgotten. Years to come when his name is spoken it will be with love and kindness what better way to leave your imprint in life,"
""Church dinner", "Fireman's picnic", "Pancake breakfast"...if there was a sign in Clinton announcing some to-do then 10-1 it was in Mr. Jensen's distinctive font...as the years have passed memories become like dappled sunlight...the strongest for me are the smell of cigarettes, the strings of origami, a HUGE and imposing office (which is probably of normal size if it was revisited with adult eyes), height, a friendly smile and the patience...amazing patience for a gaggle of little girls, pre-teens, teenagers...Jan, your father left his mark and he will be remembered and missed. Love to all of you."
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