THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: November 1, 2017
Frederick "Paul" Jensen, 77, passed away Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 at St. Mary's Hospital in Green Bay, surrounded by family.
Born March 21, 1940, to the late K. Wayne Jensen and Irene (Rice) Jensen, of Niagara, he grew up there and was known for his personality, enjoyment in meeting and quizzing strangers and his love for the woods and hunting. He enjoyed exploring and hunting in Saler's Bluffs behind his house and as an adult, became known as a local authority of the region's natural history.
An outgoing personality, he had a career in banking and finance in the Green Bay area, where he lived for many years and was a strong advocate for small businesses and individuals seeking loans.
In his later years, he and his wife Arlene retired to Florence County, where he was seen wearing colorful berets, riding in his red Jeep with a dog hanging out the window. He was a rebel in his younger years and with Jim Raboin, they founded the Niagara Beer Drinkers Association (NBDA) in the late 1950's, which their actions providing entertainment for tavern patrons in the Niagara area.
He also enjoyed Jensen's Bear Track Lodge, a deer camp located near Lake Emily in Florence with close group of friends and fellow woodsmen, including a lifelong friend, Bernie Vickman and his sons. The camp was known for fake bar fights, singing of "Amazing Grace", drinking of beer and spirits and questionable hunting accomplishments.
He was kind, had a sense of humor, loved to laugh at himself, was a gifted storyteller and his repeated stories were still funny each time he told them. He collected L.L. Bean hunting boots, berets, snowshoes, lanterns, and books. He loved campfires and below-zero temperatures and kept the family's White Stag canvas tent in good condition for over 40 years.
He studied world history and the Bible, which he read daily, his children grew up listening to Johnny Horton, bagpipes, the Grand Canyon Suite, musicals, and African American spirituals like "Follow the Drinking Gourd" that was played often. He treasured holidays and they made them magical for their children. They lived near lakes and rivers, and when their house was landlocked, they learned to sail.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Arlene (Raboin); two daughters, Kristin Mead (Corey) of Salt Lake City, Ut. and Heidi Jensen (Jason) of Muncie, Ind.; a son, Eric Jensen of Denver, Co. and three grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will take place at Keyes Peak Ski Lodge in Florence on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m.