October 18, 2013


Funeral for 88-year-old Wally Jensen of Carroll, formerly of Westside, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at Zion Lutheran Church in Arcadia with burial in the Westside Cemetery in Westside.

Huebner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Zion Lutheran Church with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Wallace Dwayne Jensen was born Feb. 28, 1925, a son of Leslie and Hattie Schoessler Jensen. He passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at the St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, Iowa, at the age of 88.

Wally was born on a farm near Westside, Iowa. He received his education in the Westside Community School, graduating with the Class of 1942. After completing his education, Wally farmed with his dad. He and his father were baptized in Christ on May 12, 1943, at the Evangelical Parsonage in Mapleton, Iowa, by the Rev. Otte. On August 25, 1945, Wally was married to Leta Luetje at Zion Lutheran Church in Arcadia, Iowa, by the Rev. Theo Tews. He was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Arcadia on Oct. 5, 1945, by the Rev. Tews. The couple made their home on a farm north of Westside and were blessed with the birth of three daughters. In 1956 they purchased a farm west of Vail where Wally continued to farm. It was during this time that Jensen and Daughters show lambs filled the summer months. The family endeavor took them to many livestock 4-H shows and culminated with a champion market lamb at the Iowa State Fair. Wally served as a leader for the Vail Volunteers 4-H club during those years.

In 1967 they moved to Westside, where he went into sales for Triple F Feeds, Cesh Hog Confinement and Bohlmann Inc. While working for Bohlmann he enjoyed manning their state fair booths and their product displays at other shows in the Midwest. In 1999 the couple moved to Carroll.

Wally was a very kind and courteous man who never spoke an unkind word about anyone. He was a loving family man and encouraged his children and grandchildren to further their education. Wally enjoyed the time he got to spend with his grandchildren, especially teaching them how to fish. Wally took many fishing trips to Yellowsmoke, Spirit Lake and Okoboji. Wally enjoyed music and played clarinet and saxophone for many area polka bands, including the Westside Playboys and United Polka Band. He and Leta enjoyed polka dances and were members of the Polka Dots for 10 years. Wally was able to take a memorable trip to Alaska with his daughter Jeane, and went salmon fishing at Sturgis Bay, Wis. Wally and Leta wintered in Texas for 15 years.

In his leisure time Wally liked to play cards, go golfing, and watch sports, especially his favorite St. Louis Cardinals. In his youth he was a great baseball player. Wally was the oldest living past King of the Schuetzen Verein at the Five Mile House. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Arcadia where he served as elder and on many committees.

Survivors include his wife, Leta; three daughters: Connie and her husband, Dennis; Jeane and her husband, John; and Patricia and her husband, Barry; four grandchildren: Melissa and her husband, Todd; Brett and his wife, Ranita; Nick and his wife, Amy; Chad, and his wife, Kayla; six great-grandchildren: Jenna, Sophia, Claire, Wyatt, Abigail and Jacob; stepsister, Marcella and her husband, Ed; and stepbrother, Wayne; sisters-in-law Delores and Norma; his aunt, Ruthanna, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Wally was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Caroline; his son-in-law Delos; one grandson, Bradley; two great-grandsons, Charlie and Andrew; one step-sister-in-law, Karen; and three brothers-in-law, Karl, Wilbur, and Wendell.