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Our friend Rick Jensen

We said goodbye last week to another dear friend and colleague:  Rick Jensen, our accountant for the past two years, passed away Friday morning after a short illness. 

When I think of Rick, I think of his desire to serve, and his willingness to step up to help with what needed to be done, from fixing the door to researching a complex accounting task.  Rick would arrive to work early so he could focus while it was still quiet, with a background of light jazz playing on his computer. He’d tolerate meetings and discussions, but really wanted to get right down to work.  He could be gr uff at times, but was kind and helpful to his core. He was interested in learning and applying accounting skills to new situations.

Rick was a true soldier through any physical pain, and would always step up to do his part.  He’d joke about drinking scotch, but I’m pretty sure it was mostly v8.

One of his greatest passions was the Civil Air Patrol, for which he served as a major.  He volunteered every Thursday night, mentoring youth in learning about aviation, service and discipline. One of his final outings was to attend a Civil Air Patrol meeting, which I know had tremendous meaning for him.  A great thrill last year with the Civil Air Patrol was to travel to Texas to help with aerial photography of flooding after Hurricane Harvey. He wanted to serve, and wanted to fly.

Rick, you have your wings now!  Thank you for soaring with us in the past years. 

A Celebration of Life will be at noon Thursday, May 31, 2018, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, 1860 S. Mulford Rd., Rockford, IL 61108. Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, and from 11 a.m. Thursday until time of service at the funeral home.

Here’s a link to Rick’s obituary in the Rockford Register Star.  

In sympathy,

Deb Crockett

Executive Director