Written by Wolf Point Herald
Edwin T. Jensen, 93, passed away Oct. 7, 2012, at Valley View Nursing Home in Glasgow.
Ed was born on Nov. 24, 1918, in Racine, Wis., to Thorvald and Sophia (Nielsen) Jensen, first generation immigrants from Denmark. Ed spoke only Danish until he was six years old.
The family moved to the Mineral Bench community north of Poplar when Ed was a boy. As the eldest son, Ed had to leave school after the eighth grade to help provide for his family. He was extremely intelligent and would later record one of the highest GED scores in Montana at the age of 60. During his teen years, Ed worked many jobs, one of which was on construction of the Fort Peck Dam.
Ed served his country in World War II as a mechanic in the Army Air Force. He was stationed in North Africa and was a crew chief on B-17s. When he came home, he continued his mechanic career at Camrud Motors.
It was at this time that Ed met Anneva Hansen and they were married on April 18, 1946. They would have four children and a long, very happy marriage. In 1947, Ed and his father started the Triangle Texaco and Café in Wolf Point. In 1970, the Triangle was sold and Ed and Anneva started Ed’s Tire Center, which they owned and operated until 1981.
Ed was active in the Masons, VFW, Jaycees, Wolf Point Chamber of Commerce and Elks. In 1978, he was Masonic Grand Master of Montana and with this position came the opportunity for Ed and Anneva to travel throughout the United States.
After their retirement, Ed and Anneva enjoyed traveling and spending time with family. Ed took up woodworking and his children and grandchildren are blessed with pieces of his fine craftsmanship. Throughout his life, he also enjoyed bowling with his brothers, hunting, playing cards and reading.
Ed was preceded in death by Anneva, his wife of 63 years, in 2009. He missed her terribly and the family takes comfort in them being reunited in heaven. Ed was also preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Verna Schumacher; three brothers, Jerry, Art and Felix; and son-in-law Sonny Archdale.
He is survived by his four children, Jim (Kathie) Jensen of Glasgow, Donna Archdale of Wolf Point, Jeff (Eileen) Jensen of Idaho Falls and Laurie (Swede) Uphaus of Malta; one brother, Lefty (Jeanette) Jensen of Wolf Point; eight grandchildren, five great- grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Masonic memorial will be held on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at Bell Mortuary in Glasgow. Funeral services will be held at Bell Mortuary on Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. A luncheon will follow at the Glasgow VFW. A private burial service will be held at a later date.