Richard Arthur Jensen, age 78, of Denton, Texas passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 30, 2012 with his wife, Janet, by his side.
Richard was born on January 3, 1934 to Jack and Mildred Jensen of Omaha, Nebraska. After his mother remarried, the family moved to Texas when Richard was 13 and he proudly claimed Texas as his home, even though he lived in several other states during his lifetime. He graduated from North Dallas High School in 1951 and obtained his BS in Electrical Engineering from what is now UT Arlington.
When he left Texas to begin his career as an engineer, the east coast became home for many years. He lived in several states on the east coast before he met and married Janet in 1984. They made their home in Pennsylvania and New Jersey where Richard started two service companies, ICS and Cobra Technologies in Bucks County, PA. If you knew Richard, you immediately thought of a Cobra as having 4 wheels and an engine, but Richard used to smile and say “no, he sold snake chow.”In 1999, Richard retired and he and Janet moved back to Texas choosing Denton as their home because Richard wanted to live close to his family and mother, Mildred, who passed away in 2008, his father having passed away in 1979.Retirement didn’t suit him so he went to work for what is now Quantum Mechanical Services in Fort Worth. Then, he and Janet’s daughter formed D&D Building Services and he worked for them up until he became ill and was hospitalized. My special thanks to his daughter Cheryl who helped me to care for him during his time of need over the last year and a half.
He was most proud of being part of the original Lovers Lane Methodist Church “kids” as he called them under the guidance of the late Rev. Tom Shipp and he stayed in touch with them and members of his graduating class from North Dallas High School.
Richard leaves behind his beloved wife of 28 years, and her children, Dana and Robert, along with his children with Annette Harris, Cindy Laster of Southlake, Cheryl Plank of McKinney and Rick of Pottsboro, 10 grandchildren including Janet’s grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. His sister, JoAnne Cassell lives in Denton, brothers, Robert Woerner of Richardson, Rex and Jack Jensen who reside in Nebraska. For Dick and Janet, holidays were full of noise, children, love and a true sense of family both immediate and extended. He will always be Grandpa Dick to the young ones and my beloved husband.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of DeBerry Funeral Directors with Rev. Fred Cassell officiating. The family also wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Robert Connaughton and the staff of the ICU unit and the 6th floor nursing staff at Denton Regional Medical Center for the care they gave Richard in his last days.