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  • Committal:  3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009 at McBride Cemetery

Ray Howard Jensen, age 66, of Greenville, passed away Wednesday evening, March 18, 2009 at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids. The son of Stanley Edgar & Freda (Park) Jensen, he was born on Feb. 11, 1943.

For 41 years Ray worked at the former Gibson Refrigerator Company where he was a member of UAW Local 137. Before marrying Donna Yvonne Jorgensen-Christiansen, on June 2, 1990, he had served as treasurer of the Greenville Area Singles for several years.

Ray was an avid reader who also enjoyed animals — especially his dogs — but found his greatest joy in his grandchildren. In death, Ray gave the gift of life by being an organ and tissue donor.

He was preceded in death his parents; and two sisters, Maxine Swift and Clarice Inovejas.

Surviving are his wife, Donna Y. Jensen of Greenville; a son, Jeffrey & Reina Jensen of Greenville; a sister, Connie & James DeYoung of Jenison; two step-daughters, Yvonne Christiansen & Dana Felde, and Genean Bolen; his grandchildren, Kristin and Taylor Jensen, Michael, Aundrea, and Samantha Bolen, Ashley and Jacob Felde, and Marcus Demorey; special friends, Virgil & Bonnie Hopkins, Dee Sanders, and Charles Dow; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Memorial services were held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2009 at Shiloh Community Church, 8197 Heth Street, Orleans, with Pastor Ken Harger officiating.  A time of food and fellowship will follow the service and burial will take place at McBride Cemetery.

Instead of flowers, Ray would have appreciated contributions in his memory to the Humane Society. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Rays online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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  1. Anonymous on March 18, 2009 at 12:00 am


    07/22/2012 –

    Samantha Bolen

    I love you Grandpa, and i miss you! i will come to the cemetery to see you soon :)

    04/01/2009 –

    Samantha Bolen

    Grandpa I really miss you and i wish you were still here. When i get up to see you i have a question to ask you.

    03/25/2009 –

    glenda wing

    my sympathy goes out to the family and friends of Ray. I worked with Ray many years ago and for many years before we were forced to Greenville. He was always pleasant and had a kind word for every one even when things were not going good. We will miss him. With Sympathy Glenda Wing

    03/23/2009 –

    Norman Gilbert

    03/21/2009 –

    Ralph and Irene Palmer

    Jeff and family and Donna and family, our sincere sympathy for your loss. May you find comfort in all your special memories of him. God Bless….

    03/21/2009 –

    Pam Russell

    I am so sorry I can’t be there. Just know I will be thinking of you all and that uncle Ray is in a better place and had a lot of loved ones greeting him in heaven.

    03/20/2009 –

    Ron and Brenda Tipton

    Jeff, Reina, Kristin and Taylor so sorry to hear about the loss of your father and grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Hang on to all the special memories. Ron and Brenda Tipton

    03/20/2009 –

    Betty Baxter

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Wish we could be there for you, but we are not able to make it at this time. God Bless. Betty, Chris & Kevin Culli

    03/20/2009 –

    Cheryel Visser

    Jeff, Reina, Kristin & Taylor,
    May God bless you during this difficult time. We continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Love ya!

    glenda win

    Leslie Anne Wood

    I am so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He was a very nice man. He was my relief-man at Frigidaire and also worked for me for a short time when I held a supervisory role. He was quiet, went about his business, but always had a quick smile for me!

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