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Published April 10, 2013, 12:00 AM

Edmund Peter Jensen

Edmund Peter Jensen passed away peacefully on April 6, 2013 at Villa Maria Nursing home after recently diagnosed with lung cancer that had spread to other areas of his body, with his family members Karen, Larry, Jo Marie, Nikki, Mike, Maren & Hanah at his side. He was able to listen to the voice of Neil, who had phoned from Kuwait the morning of his passing.

Ed was born March 24, 1932 to Peter and Esther Jensen in Breckenridge, MN. He was the second child of four and spent his childhood years in Breckenridge, where he later graduated from high school in 1951. He briefly attended U of M and later in life, he returned to college to finish his BS degree in 1983 at NDSU.

Edmund Peter Jensen

Edmund Peter Jensen passed away peacefully on April 6, 2013 at Villa Maria Nursing home after recently diagnosed with lung cancer that had spread to other areas of his body, with his family members Karen, Larry, Jo Marie, Nikki, Mike, Maren & Hanah at his side. He was able to listen to the voice of Neil, who had phoned from Kuwait the morning of his passing.

Ed was born March 24, 1932 to Peter and Esther Jensen in Breckenridge, MN. He was the second child of four and spent his childhood years in Breckenridge, where he later graduated from high school in 1951. He briefly attended U of M and later in life, he returned to college to finish his BS degree in 1983 at NDSU.

Ed met Arliss Jean Fluge while working for the railroad and they were later married on October 12, 1956. Ed and Arliss made their home in Fargo for the next 5 ½ decades. During this time, they raised three children, Karen, Jo Marie, and Neil. Both Ed and Arliss were committed to their community and were life long members of Hope Lutheran Church in North Fargo. Ed was a member of the Masonic Temple and El Zagal Shriners and volunteered his time to play the bagpipes in many events held by the Shriners.

Ed’s career was colorful, from working as a fireman for the Burlington Northern Railroad, to patrolman for the Fargo Police Dept. The highlight of his professional career was his 30 years of service in the NDANG. As “Chief of Security Police”, he ensured the safe guarding of the Hector Field, but also ensured professional security force that responded to several natural disasters during his tenure. Ed achieved the rank of CM Sgt where he retired from the Air Guard in 1990.

Ed was an exceptional marksman and achieved great success at the national level of competition. A Distinguished Rifleman, ND State small bore and high power rifle champion and several regional matches as well. Ed set, and still remains today, the national record holder in the sitting position at 50 feet, shooting 500 consecutive bull’s eyes with a 22LR target rifle. He never dropped a point, but simply stopped shooting saying that “If anyone could shoot 501, they can have it”. It took Ed nearly 13 hours to set the record and nearly doubled the previous record. Ed was very competitive and at any rifle match that he attended, he was formidable opponent. Past president and secretary of ND Shooting Sports Assn., Ed was also inducted into the ND Shooting Sports Hall of Fame for his dedication to the sport.

Ed is preceded in death by his wife, Arliss; his parents, Peter and Esther Jensen; brother, Willard Jensen; sister, Jeannette Glock; and a granddaughter, Holly Jensen. He is survived by his children, Karen Jensen (Larry Graff) of Moorhead, Jo Marie Jensen of Fargo, Neil (Sandra) Jensen and Samuel of North Las Vegas, NV; four grandchildren; his great-grandchildren that gave him pleasure in life, Kana, Keenan, Kaiden, Hanah, Maren, Carson, Nathan, and Alec; sister Sonja(Gary) Jacobs of Apple Valley, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will take place on Thursday, April 11th, 2013 from 5-7pm with a Prayer Service at 7pm and Funeral Services will be held Friday, April 12th at 11am; both at Hope Lutheran Church (North Campus). Interment will be at the Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, ND at a later date.

Donations can be sent to NRA – ND Chapter, Fargo Air Museum, or Hope Lutheran Church.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.hansonrunsvold.com

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