Services for Vaughan Jensen, 88, were held Sunday, May 6, 2012, in Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home with Pastor Rita Sims and Pastor Calvin Springer officiating. Burial followed in Forest Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Jensen died Wednesday, May 3, at his home in Rockdale after a lengthy illness.
He was born near Lexington on April 23, 1924, to Thomas and Anna Jensen.
Mr. Jensen graduated from Lexington High School in 1941.
After graduation, he went to work for Army Corp of Engineers in Galveston for 11 months prior to joining the military.
Mr. Jensen served in the Army Air Corp from 1942 until 1945, at which time he moved back to Lexington to start his ranching career which spanned 67 years.
He was on the L exing ton School Board, serving as president, and also served as vice president of Thorndale Grain Co.
Mr. Jensen moved to Rockdale in 1962 and was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Ray, Oman and Arnold Jensen; five sisters, Velma Going, Mildred Sanders, Fae McMurrey, Audrey Stanton and Edith Barry; and by the mother of his children, Flora Ellis.
Survivors are a son, Robert Jensen and wife Denise of Bryan; two daughters, Connie Britton and husband James, Betty Jensen, all of Rockdale; and four grandchildren, Chad Britton and wife Lauren, Doug Britton, all of Houston, Kacie Britton of Dallas, Taylor Jensen of Bryan; also, a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Chad Britton, Doug Britton, Ken Stanton, Mike Barry, Jack Cooper, Emory Crump, Tony Sigle and Tom Pelzel.
Honorary pallbearers were David Pendleton, Jack Cook, Jim Currey, Bill Avrett, David Boyd, Jim Scott and Gordon Todd.
Memorials may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, T X 77210-4486 or Odyssey Hospice, 2626B South 37th, Temple, TX 76504.