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After retiring from the US Army, LTC James Jensen and his wife, Frances, volunteered as lay missionaries for the church of the Nazarene Department of World Missions serving in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala and at various home missions. After returing to Indiana in 1985, they continued volunteering their services often donating time and materials to provide home repairs to assist the elderly and shut-ins. Jim was a former member of the Board of Directors for Shepherd Community, an inner-city mission. In 1997, Jim was awarded the Mayor's Volunteer Partnership Award.

He died on June 26, 2000.

An avid motorcyclist, Jim loved to ride through the hills of Brown County. In his memory and to raise funds for the Nazarene Department of World Missions, an annual memorial motorcycle run was started in 2000. The ride takes place each year on the third Saturday of September.

Father, Soldier, Entrepreneur, Volunteer
If “success is a journey, not a destination”, then LTC (US Army Retired) James Jensen lived a successful life. Uninterested in money, compliments or fame, the Colonel, as many friends affectionately called him, used what most consider the goals of success as merely tools to advance confidently in the direction of his selfless dreams.
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