Richard Jensen

April 12, 1952 - May 30, 2023


Obituary For Richard Jensen

ARLINGTON/DEFOREST – Richard Jensen, age 71, passed away after a four year battle with cancer on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at Columbia County Health Care Center. He was born on April 12, 1952 in Madison, WI, to Theodore and Mary (Gruenenfelder) Jensen. Richard graduated from DeForest High School. Richard married Jane Schoeneberg on August 14, 1993. He grew up on the family farm and took over the operation as a young man and continued to farm until his health began to fail. Richard was a great steward of the land and took great pride in being a farmer. He also enjoyed tractor shows, snowmobiling, and UTVing with family and friends.

Richard is survived by his wife of 29 years, Jane; children, Kathy Brandenburg (Dan Notstad), Suzanne (Michael) Dunlap, and Laura; Stepsons, Nathan (Trisha) Campbell, and Nolan (Wendy) Campbell; 16 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; siblings, Robert (Marianne) Jensen, Mildred (Victor) Meinholz, Barb (Jim) Tierney, and Linda (Bernie) Nihles. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other family and friends. Richard is preceded in death by his first wife, Vickie Anderson; and parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00AM on Monday, June 5, 2023 at ST. OLAF CATHOLIC CHURCH, 623 Jefferson Street, DeForest. A visitation will be held from 2:00PM until 5:00PM on Sunday, June 4, 2023 at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 6924 Lake Road, DeForest and again from 10:00AM until time of Mass on Monday at the church. Burial at St. Olaf Catholic Cemetery.

A special thanks to the Columbia County Health Care Center for their excellent care and support. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Windsor/DeForest Chapel

6924 Lake Road



4 Jun


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5 Jun


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5 Jun

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

St. Olaf Catholic Church 623 Jefferson Street DeForest, WI 53532 Get Directions »
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  • June 05, 2023

    Bob, you have our deepest sympathy for the passing of your brother. John & Carol Steckelberg

  • June 04, 2023

    So sad to hear about Richards passing, he was a very good Man.

  • June 04, 2023

    Richard and I were farm boy buddies when we were kids. I lived about a mile away. I remember arguing about which was a better tractor, John Deere or International (--he won--), biking to the store in Morrisonville for popsicles, chasing rats with baseball bats, and trying but failing to ride one very large, very messy pig. He was fun and funny, a kind and generous soul. I didn't see him much after high school, but I am told he never changed. Rest in peace, Richard, rest in peace. -- Michael Pierick

  • June 01, 2023

    Jane, I am saddened to learn of Richard's passing. I will always remember the fun moments we all shared together; Richard's giddy and mischievous laugh, eyes tearing causing him to double over in laughter trying to catch his breath. He certainly had a wonderful personality and was a good person and friend - one of a kind! My sincere condolences to you and the family, Sue Elphick


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