JAY JEROME JENSEN Tuesday, July 1, 1952 - Friday, August 11, 2017

Jay Jerome Jensen died suddenly of heart failure, Friday, August 11, 2017, in Billings, Missouri. Jay was born July 1, 1952 in Richland Center, Wisconsin, to Jerome and Jean (Kuykendall) Jensen. He was preceded in death by a son, Jason, his father, Jerome, and his step-father, Sheperd Blumenthal.

Jay bought his first motorcycle at 16 and it became his passion, owning several through the years. He earned a motorcycle mechanics degree and worked in the field, even owning his own shop. He was also a talented photographer like his father before him. He spent many years, camera in hand, attending concerts ranging from Led Zepplin to Roy Clark, and photographing all the action. Jay became a millwright by trade, working in the gold fields of Nevada until injury forced an early retirement.

Jay married the love of his life, Mary, in 1984. To this union came three wonderful children. Through many obstacles and sorrows, this love stayed true.

Jay's true gift was his effortless ability to make friends, he could relate to anyone on personal level. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of many subjects and shared this freely. He could recall decades of past events and relay them with such clarity and detail, that one would feel they were there. His incredible wit would leave them laughing in the aisles. He possessed a love for life and lived to it to the fullest.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jensen, of the home; son, Jesse Jensen, of Rockford Ill.; daughter, Jocelyn (Derrick) Pontnack, of Republic Mo.; two grandchildren, Max and Sydney Elizabeth Pontnack; mother, Jean Blumenthal, of Rockford, Ill.; sister, Dyann (Gilbert) Ellsworth, of Fla.; brother, Beau (Robin) Moore, of Wis.; lifelong friends, James Palmeno and Matt Spinello, both of Rockford, Ill.; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

A celebration of life event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2017, in the Billings Community Center, 119 Washington Street, Billings, Mo. In lieu of flowers, contributions for the family to cover expenses can be sent to P.O. Box 95, Billings, MO 65610. Family and friends may share online condolences on this website, at www.meadorsfuneralhome.com

Service Details: A celebration of life event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2017, in the Billings Community Center, 119 Washington Street, Billings, Mo. In lieu of flowers, contributions for the family to cover expenses can be sent to P.O. Box 95, Billings, MO 65610.


 Even though I only met him once in real life (on my 21st Birthday!), and shipped fresh IL Sweet Corn to him 30+ years later, he made a lasting impression on me. I am saddened, but know from conversations with him that he truly was a wonderful, wild, expressive soul.  He told me of a couple of near death experiences which make me believe that he is in a good place. 
Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. I'm not sure if you remember me, my maiden name is Dirksen. We worked together at the nursing home in Mt. Morris when I was in high school. Lets get in touch when you get time. I understand the sudden loss of a loved one and all the stress, and change that comes along with it. My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Julie
Julie, please contact me by email or facebook. Thank you for reconnecting.
I'm still in a little bit of shock. Jay was like an adopted family member. I didn't get to see him much, but he was a truly unforgettable guy. My heart goes out to his wife and family. 
Jay was one of the most interesting people I have ever met. That man could have tought a class on filling your life with experinces. I am glad to have known him.
Mary so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. Praying for peace and the presence of God in your lives at this difficult time. Our love to you, Fred and Barbara Ebert
We shared a friendship that has lasted 46 yrs.  Farewell my dear, dear friend, I'll never forget you.
You were beyond unique.  My heart hurts but my memories will be remembered forever.  Peace and love my dear friend.
There is more than I can say right now.  Sincerest sympathies to Mary and family.  R.I.P. to my beloved cousin.  I will miss your wit and wisdom!  Much love!