SPC Dennis Jensen


SPC Dennis Gregory Jensen, age 21 of Sioux Falls, died Aug. 16, 2011 of injuries suffered while working with bridge materials near Camp Leatherneck in southern Afghanistan.

Dennis was a National Guard soldier serving in Afghanistan with the 200th Engineer Company out of Pierre. Funeral services were 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011 at the United Church of Christ (Congregational), Yankton, with Rev. Joe Schulte officiating. Burial will be in the Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis.

The Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home & Crematory, Yankton, is in charge of arrangements.

Dennis was born Oct. 9, 1989 in Omaha, NE to Glenn and Christine (Draeger) Jensen. From the age of 2, he grew up in southeast South Dakota, and graduated from Vermillion High School. Dennis loved hunting with his dad and friends, cars, music, computers, video games, history, and being a soldier. Dennis always had a smile on his face, and everyone who has talked to his family since his death has said he always made them smile.

Dennis is survived by his father, Glenn Jensen, Yankton; mother, Christine (Draeger Jensen) and William Bestgen, Lead; sister, Melissa Jensen, Minneapolis MN; grandparents Bruce (deceased) and Joyce (Skinner) Jensen, Alcester; Linda (McNeal Draeger) Millerick, Salinas, CA; Larry and Emma (Felice-Cali) Draeger, Pensacola, FL, and a very large extended family all over the world.

The family has requested no flowers please, as they would like to plant trees as living memorials.

Memorials may be directed to:

Childrens Miracle Network; ATTN: Becky Oliver (605) 719-5840; P.O. Box 6000, Rapid City SD 57709; They should include: Their name, address, phone number, In Memory of Dennis Gregory Jensen

March of Dimes; ATTN: Judy Kirkman 605-334-8203; 1000 N. West Ave, Suite 230, Sioux Falls, SD 57104; They should include: Their name, address, phone number, In Memory of Dennis Gregory Jensen

Dennis Gregory Jensen Memorial Tree Fund; ATTN: Laurie; 2307 South Fulton Street, Sturgis, SD 57785; 605-641-1221; laurie.albrecht@gmail.com; Send along their name, address and phone number.

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