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Russell Judd Jensen, age 73, of Big Rapids, formerly of Trufant and Grand Rapids, passed away unexpectedly at his home. The son of Russell H. & Emma D. (Christensen) Jensen, he was born on April 25, 1939 in Detroit. After serving in the U.S. Air Force he attended Davenport College and then began an engineering career with Steelcase and retired after 30 years of loyal service… never missing a day of work.

On April 30, 1963, in Brownton, Minnesota, he married Janice Leora Hochsprung and together they made their home in Trufant and raised three daughters.

Over the years, he attended St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Trufant, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lakeview, and more recently, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Big Rapids. He had been a member of the River Valley Car Club and the Big Rapids Eagles, enjoyed playing euchre, and volunteered with Senior Companions in the activities department at Metron of Big Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his father, Russell Jensen; his mother, Emma Jensen-Christiansen; his step-father, Stanley Christiansen; a brother, Jack Jensen in 1976; and his wife of 43 years, Janice Jensen, on December 11, 2006.

Surviving are three daughters, Carol Banfill of Grand Rapids, Cathryn & Scott Claerhout of Grand Rapids, and Cindy & Richard Thornbury of Grand Rapids; six grandchildren, Samantha Jo, Matthew Lee, Kevin Scott, Katlyn Mary, Connor Edward, and Derek Thomas; four great grandchildren, Devin Michael, Tristin Russell, Neveah Leora, and Adrianna McKenzie; and several nieces and nephews.

Honoring his wishes, private graveside services will be held at Trufant Cemetery with military honors rendered by the U.S. Air Force. Instead of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. To send a message of sympathy to the family, share of favorite memory, or to sign Judd’s online guest book, please visit: www.ChristiansenCares.com Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, was entrusted with the arrangements.

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  1. Anonymous on April 15, 2013 at 12:00 am

    Guestbook

    04/23/2013 –

    Amy Fuller

    Thank you Judd for being a wonderful neighbor and a fabulous Grandpa figure for my kids. I will miss seeing you on your tractor and miss the smile and wave as you drive by. Rest in Peace and know that we loved you!


    04/19/2013 –

    John Berck

    Cathryn,
    I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. After reading his life story, it is easy to understand he was a special man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. John.


    04/19/2013 –

    Ed and Judy Orlowski

    Carol,Cindy,Cathy; Our deepest sypathys to all of you. We have such great memories from bing your neighbors,in Trufant,Judd being and childhood friend and then being your neighbors,You were all to young to remember us,but spent many hours having coffe with your Mom and my boys playing with you girls.Don’t forget your Trufant friends and may the peace of the Lord be with all of you.Sincerely,Ed and Judy


    04/18/2013 –

    Mike O’Connor

    Miss you, my friend.


    04/18/2013 –

    Kay Young

    So sorry to here of Judd’s passing I use to babysit your Mothers Brothers kids now that was aways back we use to live in Trufant that seems a lifetime ago


    04/18/2013 –

    Marcia Castle Crawford

    I was so sorry to read of the passing of Judd,we were in the same class at Trufant school and graduated from Lakeview. In Trufant we were a small class, so we were all close and had lots of good times. Stan and Emma were a big part of Trufant too,more good memories for lots of us. Your families are in my thoughts.


    04/17/2013 –

    The John & Ione Edison Family

    Carol, Cindy & Cathy,
    Our family remembers Judd as a wonderful friend, father & husband. We hold many, many memories of good times from our past years in Trufant. We are thinking of all of you girls, your children and grandchildren and hold you close in our thoughts and prayers.


    04/17/2013 –

    Marlene Engel VanderMolen

    So Sorry to hear of Judd’s passing, God be with him ! I


    04/17/2013 –

    University Club Est.

    From all of us at University Club Est we fly our flag at half mast in your honor. Thanks you Judd for taking such good care of all of us!!! Your in our hearts for ever!!


    04/17/2013 –

    Tom and Bunny

    Judd we loved you, what a special friend! University Club Est will miss you dearly, Thanks for all the care you gave to all of us!!!!


    04/17/2013 –

    Alice Kelly

    Well girls and families,I have known your Dad and you all my life and your lives. Judd was very proud of you all. He was a funnyman with a big smile and a big heart. You have wonderful memories to keep you going. And if you run out call me.I must say he was one of my most favorite people.Love, Alice and Jim


    04/17/2013 –

    Jill Larsen Howard

    Carol, Cathy & Cindy,
    So very sorry for losing your Dad! Your Dad (& Mom!) were very much a part of my best childhood memories! Never to be forgotten. Always remember him vigorously shaking hands until you were silly (and tired!) Always smiling and great sense of humor.

    With dear sympathy and many good memories….


    04/17/2013 –

    Dawn Painter

    Judd brought smiles to many of the residents at Metron. We will miss him. So sorry for your loss.


    04/17/2013 –

    Sue Gray

    I cleaned house for Judd & we played Cribbage. He was a very good Euchure player. My prayers are with you. Pet his pal for me!!!


    04/17/2013 –

    Jodi Peterson

    To the Jensen Family:
    Very sorry for loss,I used to clean for your Mom and Dad and they both are wonderful people, they will be missed very much,Justin has also gotten very close to Judd and still has a couch your Dad gave him from the basement.Justin will miss him very much, justin loved his car.take Care and you are in our thoughts and prayers.sorry for your loss.Sincerly Jodi Peterson and Justin Meiner


    04/17/2013 –

    Oosterhouse Family

    Judd, you will be missed by all of us. You were such a great person, so caring and loving. Always willing to lend a hand to help others, and such a hard working man.
    Our family will cherish our happy memories of spending time with you. Jack sends you hugs and licks, he will miss you stopping to pet him and shower him with love.
    We all loved you, rest in peace
    Jeff, Trish, Kayla, Clay and Jack Oosterhouse


    04/17/2013 –

    Walt & Lois Edgar

    Girls, So sorry to hear about your father. Thinking of you!


    04/16/2013 –

    John Schwandt

    The world maybe a little sadder tonight but I bet they are laughing in Heaven right now. I don’t think I can ever remember a time were Judd didn’t have a joke to tell or a never ending handshake to give.


    04/16/2013 –

    Jean kain

    My deepest sympathy for you girls and family, Your dad was always so happy, and I enjoyed many chats we had at Meijer’s when he would alway’s come down my lane.


    04/16/2013 –

    Cathy Krebs Cornell

    To “Judd’s girls”..
    Your Grandma Emma took care of me for years when I was very young and I thought Jack and Judd were my brothers. They always loved to tease me and make me laugh. My husband and I lived near you in Trufant when you girls were just little. Your Dad was always so very proud of all of you. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and to know his smile won’t be seen now. Sending my deepest sympathies to you and your families.


    04/16/2013 –

    Helen Wilkinson Taylor and John Lake

    Our deepest sympathy for you all in the death of your father and grandfather. He was a classmate of ours – LHS Class of 1957. Had not seen him since my last time in MI – summer of 2011 – but we had such a good time and laughed a lot. We always loved his HUGE smile and sense of humor – that always carried him thru any situation. We share your loss – you’re in our hearts and prayers.
    Helen and John


    04/16/2013 –

    David Ridenour

    Allways enjoyed Juds sense of humor, and allways had a smile.


    04/16/2013 –

    Ron Petersen

    Carol, Cindy & Cathy,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy at the loss of your father. My thoughts & prayers are with you all. I have many fond memories of living neighbors to all of you in Trufant. I was fortunate to have a nice talk with Judd just last winter at Walmart in Big Rapids, he will be missed.


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