Dec. 4, 1958 – May 27, 2019
Hank Jensen was joined with Lowell Jensen and Sis (Hulse) Jensen on Dec. 4, 1958, in Cordova and passed away May 27, 2019, at Warren Memorial Hospital in Friend at age 60. He was one of three children in the family. Hank was a lifelong resident of small-town rural living. He and his wife, Kim, resided on the family farm he grew up on outside of Cordova. He graduated from Exeter High School in the class of 1977. Hank grew up in the family farm way of life and was Lutheran raised, going to Sunday school, church and having Sunday family dinners. Family gatherings were most weekends; he and his cousins grew up as close as siblings.
Hank’s family raised cattle and farmed. As a boy and young man, Hank worked closely with his father, Lowell, on the farm. Although he loved farming, Hank’s passion for the wide-open road, behind the wheel of a semi-truck, began after high school. He acquired his first trucking job, where he worked for Billy R. Jacobsen.
Over the years of trucking and farming, Hank and his father, Lowell, partnered to buy a semi-truck. This was the beginning of his owner/operator trucking business. He was not a man to “clock in.” Hank stayed in the agriculture and trucking occupation. Selling his first truck led to his employment at Glen T. Peterson Farms, where he stayed for several years. The last 10 years he worked for HRW Farms. He was proud to do what he did and always said, “It’s not what I do, it’s who I am.”
Hank was a patriotic man. His passions included music, hunting, fishing, politics, classic tractors and his grandkids. Family was everything to him. Friendships with Hank were lifelong; he still has his friends from when they were kids. He knew how to live life and have fun doing it. He once said, “We spent a week there one night;” that says it all.
Hank was married to Kim Spidle of York on June 4, 1987, and to them two children were born.
Hank was preceded in death by his parents, Lowell and Sis Jensen; uncles, Dale Jensen, John Jensen and Mark Foreman; aunt, Elizabeth “Betty” Foreman; cousins, Steve Foreman and Cindy Jensen; and mother-in-law, Pat Spidle.
He is survived by his wife, Kim Jensen of Cordova; sons, Dillon Jensen of Lincoln and Gus Burhoop of Columbus; granddaughters, Jamee and Kairi Burhoop; grandson, Jon Burhoop; sisters, Dawn (Jensen) Hiatt of Fishers, Indiana, and Deann (Jensen) Talavera of Tampa, Florida; nieces, Emily and Brooke Hiatt of Fishers, Indiana, and Michaela McMahon of Tampa, Florida; father-in-law, Bud Spidle of York; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim Seevers and Lyn Shaw of York and Chuck Spidle of York; many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial service for Hank was held June 2, 2019, at the Friend Congregational Church in Friend, with the Rev. Dave Coleman presiding. Four special recordings were played at Hank’s service, “Wish You Were Here,” “Small Town,” “Wonderful Tonight” and “Powderfinger.” Honorary urn bearers were Jon Burhoop, Jamee Burhoop and Kairi Burhoop. Committal of ashes was in the Zastrow Cemetery in Cordova. Memorial contributions may be made to the family for future designation. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.farmerandsonfuneralhome.com.