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George Olaf Jensen

George Olaf Jensen, age 92, of Herrin, passed away at 10:42am on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at Parkway Manor in Marion

George was born on September 30, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Hans Muller and Grethe (Josdal) Jensen. He married Rose Marie Colp in Cairo, IL on June 30, 1956. She preceded him in death on March 9, 2017.

George was a graduate of Marion Township High School, and completed two years of study at Southern Illinois Normal University in Carbondale.  He joined Central Illinois Public Service Co. (CIPS) in 1948 as a lighting engineer before becoming the District Superintendent in the Herrin office in 1954.  He retired from CIPS in 1993. 

George served in the United States Marine Corps. at the rank of Sergeant during the Korean War.  He was a former member of the Elks Club, a freemason, and served as Treasurer of the Herrin Rotary Club for many years.  He was also a long-time member of the First Christian Church in Herrin.

Survivors include his son- Eric and Marie Jensen of Herrin
Daughter- Caroline and Greg Phillips of Ames, Iowa

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and sister- Lillian Higgerson.

Private committal services will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery in Carterville.  Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin is assisting the family with final arrangements. 


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