Andy M. Jensen, 84, passed away March 7, 2018, surrounded by his family in Columbus, Nebraska, He was born November 28, 1933 near Nora, Nebraska, the youngest of seven children of Niels and Matilda Larson-Jensen.
Andy attended rural Beach School through eighth grade & was a 1951 graduate from Hardy, Nebraska High School. In December of that year, Andy started working as a lineman for just $1.07 an hour at what was then known as Consumers Public Power in Superior. Transfers took him to York and Columbus where his work with the power companies continued. Andy’s job took him all over Nebraska, he retired in 1987 as a Training Specialist with the Nebraska Public Power District.
Throughout all the moves, his wife, Senga, was by his side. The two met in Guide Rock in 1952. Three years later, they were married at the Baptist church in Guide Rock. Three years after, they welcomed their son Monte, Mitch, came along two years later. Andy loved being a Boy Scout Master and a coach for their little league teams.
Andy was pleased to welcome Monte's wife, Annette, & Mitch's wife, Nora to the family. Between 1990 and 1993, Andy and Senga welcomed four grandchildren. Andy loved showing off Lucas, Adam, Rachel and Reid to just about anyone around. He also loved attending their events.
Family was always first but his second love was the land. Andy could often be seen working the land on his John Deere tractor, mending fences and clearing musk thistles. The farmstead was busiest though on Thanksgiving. Andy and Senga loved hosting family and friends at the home.
Andy also kept busy as a member of the Lions, Elks and Eagles Clubs. He was even Lion of the Year. In his younger days, he served as a volunteer firefighter in Superior and York.
He had a heart for the Lord and was a God-fearing man who loved to sing hymns in church. He knew his home wasn’t here and as much as we all love him, the Lord loved him more and welcomed him home with open arms.
He is survived by his wife Senga, sons Monte (Annette) and Mitch (Nora) and grandchildren Lucas, Rachel, Adam and Reid.
Memorial services were Friday, 10:00 a.m., March 16, 2018 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbus with Rev. Brandon Foster officiating. Concluding memorial services were Friday, 3:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Guide Rock with the Rev. Warren Schoming officiating.
In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations made to Nuckolls County Museum, for care of Beach School House now located at the museum in Superior, Nebraska.
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Southern Nebraska the home of this lad
A country school and dry winds was about all we had.
The boyhood days were not all that great
But somehow we made it in reasonable shape.
At age 21 and really starting out in life
I asked my maker, Could I, Could I have a wife?
And God thought that was the greatest thing
There’s this girl up the valley, why not give her a ring?
Alas, three years of wedded bliss
We decided that something was surely amiss,
We prayed to God that very night
Could we, could we, have some children if we raise them right?
I’d like to have boys and
It would sure please me
If they were square in the shoulders
And about 6 foot 3.
It wasn’t long until the packages came
But my goodness gracious who shall we blame?
Oh they were boys all right, but my they were small
They couldn’t walk or even crawl.
Mother in her wisdom said Ah Daddy don’t fret.
I’ll nurse them, I’ll feed them and change them when they are wet,
And just as Mother’s always seem to know,
My goodness gracious how those boys did grow.
But our little house and lot was small
There was hardly any room where we could play ball
I decided then I’d take a chance
And asked our God could I buy a ranch?
The wrath of God came down on me
You can’t buy my world, it’s not for sale you see,
But if you’ll love my land as you say you do -
I’ve got this lifetime lease for you.
Those boys and I
With guns in our hands
Have romped every acre
Of God’s leased land.
So you say to me, where are the boys now?
They’re out there in the world figuring out how
To live in this world with all of it’s problems and strife
Battling hard to cope with those elements of life.
Yeh, now it’s Mother and I pretty much alone
But we know those boys love us, and they’ll be back home,
So now here’s Thanksgiving Day in 84,
We’ve got everything we need, but still wishing for more.
By now I hear you say at me
Set that guy down he’s out of his tree
But when you ask me to speak, you are sure to get bored.
When I talk of thankfulness I owe my Lord.