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JENSEN, Arno Lee "Arnie" 1929-2009


Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 2/15/2009 at 15:02:30

Arno Lee Jensen, M.D.

CHARLES CITY, IOWA -- Dr. “Arnie” Jensen of Charles City died peacefully on Friday, January 23, 2009, at Seasons Hospice House in Rochester, Olmsted county, Minnesota, after a long battle with melanoma, surrounded by his loving family.

Arrangements for a private family service are being made.

Arnie Lee Jensen was born on June 9, 1929, to Edward and Davida Jensen in Kimballton. Arnie was raised in Cedar Falls and graduated from Iowa State Teachers College (UNI). He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine and was a loyal Hawkeye to the end. He completed his medical internship at Brooke Army Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. He was proud to serve his country as captain and flight surgeon in the United States Air Force Strategic Command. He was founding physician of Medical Associates in Clinton.

He completed a Radiology residency at the University of Iowa College of Medicine and practiced Radiology in Cedar Rapids. He was a well known motivational speaker in the field of Preventative Medicine. He was constantly teaching people how to live healthfully. He opened the first Nautilus Fitness Center in Iowa was a leader in hospital and corporate fitness. He was a radiologist and wellness consultant in Dallas, Texas, for 20 years at the Cooper Clinic. In later years, he returned to the Midwest to be closer to his family. He became associated with the Mayo Clinic in LaCrosse, Wis., and in New Hampton and Charles City.

Arnie married his beloved wife, Joan Arthur, in Iowa City in 1954. They are the proud parents of five children and 19 grandchildren.

Arnie is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joan; daughter Cinda (Thomas) Melloy of St. Cloud, Minnesota; son David (Jane) Jensen of Decorah; daughter Sue (Jeff) Knell of Salt Lake City, Utah; daughter Sallie (David) Buelow of Cedar Rapids; and son Eric (Deborah) Jensen of Rochester, Minn.; and 19 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Freda (Robert) Lovejoy of Cedar Falls, and their children: Karen (Jim) Proffitt of Marion and Scott (Karen) Lovejoy of Flower Mound, Texas, as well as his mother-in-law, Opal Arthur of Cedar Falls.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers to Seasons Hospice House, 1811 Greenview Place, SW, Suite 110, Rochester, MN 55902 or to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 200 S. Main, Charles City, Iowa 50616.

[Charles City Press - Jan. 27, 2009]


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