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Herman Jensen

Herman L. Jensen, formerly of Culbertson, Mont., passed over to the Lord on the morning of Nov. 3, 2023.

Herman was born on the Dane Valley farm on Feb. 5, 1927, the son of Oscar and Christine (Nielsen) Jensen. He grew up on the farm and attended school in McCabe and Culbertson.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and afterward worked at Moen’s Hardware and Grocery Store for six years. Then, he attended Barber College and barbered for 10 years. He then served as an agent for Pioneer Mutual Life Insurance, serving his clients until his death.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 81 for 75 continuous years and he had held offices at local, district and state levels. He was State Commander in 1983 and 1984. He served on the town council in Culbertson, was Lions Club president and participated in many town activities.

He enjoyed hunting with his boys and, during the winter, fishing for lingcod on the Missouri.

After retiring, Herman and Elaine wintered in Mesa, Ariz., and spent their summers in Culbertson. In 2013, he and Elaine moved to Billings to reside at Morning Star Senior Living, where Elaine passed away in 2018. They made many fond memories while at Morningstar, as it became home.

While in Billings, Herman picked up woodcarving, but his big passion was playing league pool on Thursday afternoons at the 1145 Club. The last game he played, he won. He was also the oldest participant in the 2017 Big Sky State Games.

Herman attended a Cursillo weekend and, later, he and Elaine went on a pilgrimage, visiting Rome and Medjugorje. He looked forward to praying Morning Prayer from the Psalms of the Psalter and he was currently a member of St. Bernard Catholic Parish in Billings.

He is survived by his three sons and their families: Neil, Brian (Joanna) and Blake (Denise); his six grandchildren, Emily (Josh), Nathan (Katie), Calvin (Jamie), Amy (Eric), Adam (Celine) and Erik; and his four great-grandchildren, Bailey, Caleb, Sam and Josie.

Herman was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine, of 67 years; and his six siblings, Howard (Phoebe), Alvin (Alice), Laura (Howard), Isabelle (Bill), Ira (Christine) and Grace.

Memorials may be made to the American Legion Park Account held in Culbertson. Please mail to Opportunity Bank of Montana, PO Box 579, Culbertson, MT 59218.

The Vigil will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Billings. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, with a luncheon to follow. The burial will be at the Yellowstone National Cemetery in Laurel, Mont., following the luncheon.

(Paid Obituary)

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