Gunnar S. Jenson

Born: Wed., Sep. 20, 1933
Died: Sun., Oct. 25, 2015


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 30, 2015
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Funeral Service

4:00 PM Fri., Oct. 30, 2015
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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 Gunnar S. Jenson
September 20, 1933 – October 25, 2015
Gunnar S. Jenson, 82, of South Bend, IN, passed at his home under Hospice care on Oct. 25, 2015, after a brief battle with inoperable cancer. Gunnar was born Sept. 20, 1933 in Harvey, IL. His parents, John and Nelly Jenson were Swedish immigrants. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son Gunnar William. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 42 years, Sharon and faithful companion, Governor.
He was a 1951 graduate of Culver Academies and a 1956 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. As a naval aviator, he had the honor of being one of the first three student pilots to fly at supersonic speed.
Upon signing out of the Navy in 1962, he went back to the Chicago area and became vice president of his then father-in-law’s road construction business. Later, he moved to South Bend and was a pilot for Clyde Williams & Associates.
Gunnar was a very intelligent and innovative man. One of his main goals was to speed up the U.S. Patent Office processing, finally accomplishing this goal in 2011. His book, Gunnar’s Learning Curves, describes these efforts as well as some details of his life.
In 1998, he helped organize a Grumman F11F Tiger jet dedication at Grissom Air Museum. At this dedication, the Navy Blue Angels did a “fly over” and later, an exciting an exciting air show.
Thank you to Hospice for providing comfort in his last days. Gunnar lived a wonderful and full life. It was time for the “Last Call”.
Funeral services will be 4:00 p.m. Friday, October 30th at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Road. Friends may visit with the family from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service on Friday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pets Connect, P.O. Box 8104, South Bend, IN 46660. Private burial will be held at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Flora, Indiana. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Gunnar's memory to the following organization:

PetsConnect, Inc.
PO Box 8104, South Bend, Indiana 46660

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Fred Spellman
   Posted Thu October 29, 2015
Rest in Peace, Gunnar.
Fred Spellman, classmate

Alex Morris
   Posted Thu October 29, 2015
I am saddened to learn that my Academy classmate, Gunnar, has passed away. I still remember him as a vibrant young Midshipman!

Peter B. Booth
   Posted Fri October 30, 2015
Gunnar and I were Naval Academy classmates and later, went through 14 months of Navy jet flight training following graduation and a stint at sea on destroyers. Always a great shipmate and friend, Gunnar was too, an exceptional fighter pilot and Naval Officer. We did not see much of one another following our academy graduation, but did email, chat on the phone and visit at our every five year reunions. A good man all the way and one of the good guys! His book, Gunnar's Learning Curves is a winner as well and most interesting. Gunnar Jenson will be missed. Your friend, Pete sends with sadness.