Robert Jensen II
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Mar

Robert W. “Bob” Jensen II (1941-2013)

On Saturday March 9, 2013 Robert W. Jensen II, age 71, passed away peacefully in the company of his loving family following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born March 16, 1941 to Robert W. Jensen and Mary (Mau) Jensen of Kenosha. He graduated from St. Mark Elementary and Bradford High School and attended the University of Wisconsin Parkside pursuing classes in business.

On November 23, 1963 he married his high school sweetheart, Gail Becker (daughter of Harold and Bernice Becker).

He was in the National Guard and called to active duty during the Berlin Crisis in the 1960’s.

While employed at the Kenosha News,  he opened  his first restaurant in 1968, The Institute of Pizza Technology.  This was Kenosha’s first drive through food service In 1973, he embarked on his second and third ventures in entrepreneurism as he opened B.J. Auto Bath and Jensen’s Restaurant. Jensen’s Fine Food and Spirits was founded with the help of his wife Gail, sister Jeri Jensen, and parents Robert and Mary Jensen. They  provided Kenosha with fine dining for over 11 years. He branched into new directions opening multiple arcades, known as, Bun and Games and his final restaurant, Pizza Popper. In 1984 he opened Top Choice Rentals in Kenosha which is thriving as his current family business.

Well known for his generosity, Robert extended the services of his business to benefit various charities, organizations, schools and churches. He was an active member of St. Mark Parish and had an enthusiasm for spectating St. Joseph High School athletics in which many of his children and grandchildren participated.

He will be fondly remembered and forever loved by his wife Gail, sister Jeri, sister in law Faye Enos, his six children Jennifer (Michael) Cable, Jessica Jensen, Robert W. III (Rachel) Jensen, Ryan (Michelle) Jensen, Regan Jensen, Jerian (Chad) Buchanan, and fourteen grandchildren Kailee, Kyle and Kade Cable, Robert W. IV, Lukas, Maeghan and Isabel Jensen, Jacob, Madelyn and Allyson Jensen and Connor, Abigail, Evan and Ethan Buchanan.

His family will proudly carry out the legacy of his work as they continue to develop and enhance Top Choice Rentals.

Never to be forgotten, his generosity, ambition, character, and spirit will transcend through his loving family.

We wish to acknowledge the support and compassion of Dr. James Santarelli, Hospice Alliance, and especially Dr. Malik Bandealy and Aurora staff whose understanding of the dignity of the human spirit is seen daily in their loving care. God bless you all.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday March 13, 2013 at 12:00 noon at St. Mark Catholic Church (7117-14th Avenue). Visitation with the family will be held on Wednesday at the church from 9:00AM until the time of mass. Private burial will take place at St. James Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated with charities to be designated later.

5 comments

  1. To the family of Bob Jensen, Kenosha has lost a great man. Ambition , Bob had alot. Character, yes he was funny ,but to the point. Bob had great personal character, very caring for all his kids and Gail.
    I had the great honor to work for him,cooking at Jensens, and at Bun & Games. It was truely a family deal. Bob ‘s entrepreneurism lead me to start my own bar-resturant of 12 years.
    SadIy am out of town, racing again,and will miss the mass.
    Gods Speed, Mr. Robert Jensen I I , Thank You. Randy.

  2. Gail. And Family, We are so sorry for your lose. We can”t make for the funeral as Paul has a Dr. Appt. own at Great Lakes. Know our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Bob will surely be missed. May God grant you pease in the months to come. Val & Paul Ivey

  3. Gail,
    Please accept my most sincere condolences on your loss. Its been many years since the old days in Telemetry at the old St Catherines, but I continue to remember you fondly. May you find strength and peace in the love of your family and friends.

  4. My deepest sympathies to the Jensen family.You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Marilyn Rosemann Richter March 23, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Gail,

    I was sorry to see that Bob passed away. It’s been many, many years since I’ve seen you, but remember you were so proud of your family the last time we talked. Think of you often. Want to offer my condolences. My sympathy and prayers are with you and your family at this time. I know you have many great memories to help you through this difficult time.

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