Jens Bardon Jenson

Mann 1916 - 1991  (75 År)

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  • Navn Jens Bardon Jenson 
    Født 4 Mar 1916 
    Kjønn Mann 
    Død 22 Mai 1991  Middle Atlantic, Virginia, USA Finn alle personer med hendelser på dette stedet 
    • May 24, 1990

      Boy's Heroics Help Grandfather Survive Disastrous Maiden Voyage.

      WILLIAMSBURG - Twelve-year-old James Jenson saved his grandfather's life after their homemade pontoon boat filled with water and almost sank Friday night in the York River.
      James and his grandfather, the Rev. Jens Bardon Jenson, both of Norge, were reunited Wednesday in the elder Jenson's room at Williamsburg Community Hospital.
      Jenson, who has a bronchial condition, had spent several days in the intensive care unit. He was in stable condition after being treated for hypothermia and a mild heart attack.
      He had spent Friday at Croaker Landing in the York River State Park finishing a plywood and fiberglass boat he had been working on for two years. Sometime during the day, a park ranger noticed a gap in the bow, and Jenson filled it with a board and caulking.

      The repair delayed embarkment until nighttime. It also caused the accident, Jenson guessed, when the caulk, which was not hard-set, dissolved in the water.
      Jenson's wife and James came down to the landing to see him off. The grandson said he wanted to go too, so Jenson would not be alone.
      They set off about 8:30 p.m. from Croaker Landing in the 5-by-8-foot boat with a four horsepower motor and made it down to Sycamore Landing, where they picked up camping supplies Jenson's wife had left in their van there.
      It was on the next leg of the trip toward a rocky point off the shore that the trouble started.

      "James said, 'We're hung up on something,' and I realized we were sinking and said, `Bail out, bail out!'" the retired minister recalled Wednesday from his hospital bed. "The boat filled with water and tipped. It was floating and we were hanging on. We plodded slowly toward the shore."

      He estimates that they reached the shore in 30 minutes, stopping every few feet to rest in the waist-deep water. James said he kept telling his grandfather they needed to get help, but Jenson was pessimistic. "I was tired to the point where I had to hang onto my grandson's shoulders. Otherwise I couldn't walk, he said."

      Once on land, he fell, exhausted, and the next thing he remembers is waking to the "beautiful sight of an ambulance, flashing lights and what seemed like a dozen people moving about." ther sitting on the shoreline near a pier. He climbed up the bank and made his way through the woods until he found a house where he could call for help. "The only thing I was worried about was my grandpa," he said.
      James estimates it took him an hour to find a house, and although no one knows exactly how long it took him to get help, it was 11:30 p.m. when the James City Volunteer Rescue Squad responded to the house off Sycamore Landing Road.

      "God was at the helm when he saved Noah in his ark," Jenson said. "My boat lost me. I had no power to save myself. My grandson saved my life."

      Jens Bardon Jenson, 75, died Wednesday, May 22, in Williamsburg Community Hospital.

      A native of Norge, Mr. Jenson was a retired Missouri Synod Lutheran pastor. He was a member of King of Glory Lutheran Church, Williamsburg.
      He is survived by his wife, Caroline V. Jenson; four sons, James B. Jenson of Seattle, Paul R. Jenson of Boulder, Colo., Willis C. Jenson of Corning, Ark. and Barton I. Jenson of Olathe, Kan.; a sister, Myrtice Meadows of Idaho; a brother, Neale O. Jenson of Dallas; and seven grandchildren.
    Person ID I4423  Vår familie
    Sist endret 25 Okt 2017 

    Far Willis Carl Jenson,   f. 17 Jun 1892, Wisconsin, USA Finn alle personer med hendelser på dette stedet,   d. 10 Apr 1987, James City, Virginia, USA Finn alle personer med hendelser på dette stedet  (Alder 94 År) 
    Mor Myrtle Caleva Opheim,   f. 14 Sep 1897, Winneshick, Iowa, USA Finn alle personer med hendelser på dette stedet,   d. 8 Des 1986, James City, Virginia, USA Finn alle personer med hendelser på dette stedet  (Alder 89 År) 
    Gift 9 Mai 1915  Bruton, Virginia, USA Finn alle personer med hendelser på dette stedet 
    Famile ID F1644  Gruppeskjema  |  Familiediagram

    Familie Caroline Victoria Rolfsen,   f. 28 Sep 1916, Presho, South Dakota, USA Finn alle personer med hendelser på dette stedet,   d. 20 Jun 2009, Missouri, USA Finn alle personer med hendelser på dette stedet  (Alder 92 År) 
     1. James B. Jenson
     2. Paul R. Jenson
     3. Nålevende
     4. Nålevende
     5. Myrtice Jenson
    Sist endret 9 Jul 2020 
    Famile ID F1645  Gruppeskjema  |  Familiediagram

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