F. M. ‘Morrie’ Jensen
F.M. ‘Morrie’ Jensen, 83, Rapid City and formerly of Caputa, died Sunday, April 12, 2009 at Fountain Springs Healthcare.
Morrie was born March 2, 1926 in Rapid City, the son of Albert C. and Violet (Speck) Jensen. He was raised in Scenic and attended all twelve years of school in the Scenic Public School system. He was active in all the school activities and basketball during the years he was in school. In 1945 he moved with his parents to a ranch located on Kube Table north of Scenic. He helped on the ranch and also did custom trucking.
In the latter 1940’s and early 1950’s, Morrie and his brother, Jim, made custom combine runs into Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska during the wheat harvest season in these states. In 1951 Morrie married Joyce Jurisch and at this time they started and established their own ranching and farming enterprise on Kube Table. Beginning in 1956, Registered Hereford cattle were incorporated into the cattle herd and gradually Black Angus were purchased and added to the cattle herd in 1980. Since that time both Angus and Hereford were in the Annual Production Sale held at the ranch.
Morrie was a director on the Pennington County Fair Board and served nine years, three different terms. Morrie was also appointed to the SD State Weed Board. He was chairman for several of the ten years he served. He also served a number of years on the Pennington County Weed Board and was also a community committeeman on the Pennington County ASCS. He was an active member of the Black Hills Hereford Association, served as a director of SD Hereford Association, was a member of both the American Hereford and American Angus Associations and was named to the 1995 Hall of Fame at the Black Hills Stock Show.
Morrie is survived by partners and part of the family, Mike and Jodie Lehrkamp and their family, Caputa; one sister-in-law, Joyce Whitney, Spearfish and other cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Jensen, Sept. 23, 2007.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, April 16, 2009, at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home with Pastor Ken Toews officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. View Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
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