Sigfred C. 'Fred' Jensen

Electronics Technician, 87Sigfred C. "Fred" Jensen, 87, of Astoria died Thursday, May 26, 2005, in Astoria.

Mr. Jensen was born in Camas, Wash., April 21, 1918 to Sigfred Jensen and Rachel (Chandler) Jensen. They lived in Woodland, Wash., and Vancouver, Wash., before moving to Astoria in 1931. Mr. Jensen graduated from Astoria High School in 1935. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1936, and served as a radioman.

He married his high school sweetheart, Juanita R. Rogers, in Longview, Wash., Sept. 3, 1939. She died in 2003.

The Jensens lived in Astoria, where Mr. Jensen worked for Safeway as produce manager, and for Dalgren, McCartney and Snyder, doing a wide variety of electrical, refrigeration and furnace work. In 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he trained to work with radar technology in San Francisco. He returned to his family at the war's end.

Mr. Jensen joined Radio Service Co. in Astoria, where he worked for more than 20 years, repairing radios, televisions and marine and communications electronics. He was active as a member of the Amateur Radio Relay League (W7HLJ) and joined Seaport Masonic Lodge in 1947.

In 1950, the family moved to Olney, where Mr. Jensen was involved in Boy Scouting, served on the Olney School Board and helped establish the Olney-Walluski Water District. After 10 years, they moved back to Astoria. In 1968, the Jensens founded their own electronics business, Jensen Communications Inc., providing technical assistance for public service and industrial communications on the North Coast, as well as marine electronics equipment and services that supported much of the West Coast fishing fleet.

In 1975, the Jensens moved to Smith Lake in Warrenton. They retired from business in 1980. Mr. Jensen frequently played golf at Gearhart and later was a member at Astoria Golf & Country Club. Family members said he loved woodworking and made furniture, boat models and violins. In January 2003, the Jensens moved to Neawanna-by-the-Sea in Seaside. Mr. Jensen recently moved to Clatsop Care Center in Astoria.

Surviving are a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ann and Don Hall of Lynnwood, Wash.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Eldora Jensen of Hallsville, Mo., and Patrick and Janet Jensen of Astoria; two grandsons, Matthew Jensen of Portage, Mich., and John Berkbuegler of Hallsville; three granddaughters, Melissa Partridge of Elko Nev., Sarah Jensen of Valdez, Alaska, and Rachel Reynolds of Warrenton; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Private interment will be at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lower Columbia Hospice or the city of Astoria Maritime Memorial, in care of Hughes Ransom Cremation & Mortuaries, 220 Holladay Drive, Seaside, OR 97138.

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