Senior Spotlight: Ralph Jensen

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Published on November 02, 2011 with No Comments

Ralph Jensen was born in Gary on March 21, 1931. He was one of nine children born to Rose and Phillip Jensen. Ralph had four brothers and four sisters. He and his twin brother, Richard, were the youngest of the family. His family resided in Merrillville for many years.

Ralph graduated from Horace Mann High School in Gary. After graduation and before joining the Army, Ralph went to Tulsa University on a football scholarship. He could have gone to Notre Dame, but chose to leave the state and play for Tulsa. He played backfield defense positions. He said the rough and tumble way of playing football in Oklahoma forever cured him of playing again.

He enjoyed touring the area on his off-time, especially seeing the Indian reservations and how the Native Americans lived and played. He said the children there would play at first light and not stop until it was too dark to see.

Ralph served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. His older brother, George, also served his country and was killed and buried in France. He and another brother later visited George’s grave.

In the Army, Ralph was a staff sergeant and instructor. He taught speech class, combat and tank tactics, and chemical and biological warfare.

After his service, Ralph worked in varied engineering offices of U.S. Steel for many years. He took retirement from U.S. Steel and later worked at Raytheon.

Ralph and Jenny, his first wife, had three children – Therese, Debra, and Ralph. Therese and Debra live in Valparaiso. Ralph Jr. is deceased. Ralph has six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In September of 1974, Ralph married his second wife, Mary Ann. They had many wonderful years together. They liked to travel and enjoy the scenery and the highlights of other states. One of Ralph’s favorite trips was when they visited “House on the Rock in Wisconsin – Streets of Yesteryear.” Ralph said they had every kind of exhibit you could imagine. He and Mary Ann enjoyed visiting it each year to see all the changes that would take place. Mary Ann eventually succumbed to cancer.

Ralph enjoys music. He belonged to a local band as a young man, playing the drums. Ralph enjoys sports also, especially football, baseball, basketball and tennis. He is both a Bears and Colts fan. Ralph likes fishing as well. He shares his current apartment with his cat.

When talking about the “good ol’ days,” Ralph says that these are good times too. Ralph feels blessed to be living in a place such as Brentwood and only wishes his wife Mary Ann could be enjoying it with him. Ralph says he enjoys the staff and other residents at Brentwood. He has made new friends and has a new appreciation of life since moving here. Ralph says he stays busy watching sports, watching after his health, attending activities and playing Bingo. priligy 30mg price – priligy dapoxetine buy online priligy price in malaysia uk buy dapoxetine canada; atarax mg, buy atarax, buy atarax online, purchase atarax online, hydroxyzine 25 mg, synthroid from india; services accutane online canada buy amoxil direct from india without prescription article 13-0089 laboratory and online cheap alberta diabetes institute. half of those couples suitable treatments zoloft information. buy discount sertraline, order zoloft online generic – uk. cheap antidepressants trusted online pharmacy. store – buy priligy london priligy 

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