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Neil Jensen, 85, of Merrimac, passed away Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.

Neil was born in Dell Prairie, Adams County, on Feb. 29, 1932, the son of Clarence and Thalia Jensen. He was proud of the fact that he was a Leap Year Baby. He was a 1950 graduate of Baraboo High School. On Nov. 22, 1952, he married Joanne Parks.

Neil was a farmer and carpenter. Neil and Joanne lived and farmed in the town of Caledonia on the Heritage Hills Farm for 60 years and he was still helping rake hay at the age of 85. He was proud of the fact that he kept his thistles cut and his fences mended. He worked many other jobs in his life, including working seven years for the Columbia County Highway Department. Neil represented Caledonia on the Merrimac Fire Commission for 50 years, starting in 1964 when the district formed. He was its first treasurer and did that for 33 years. He loved to play euchre and was a great joke and storyteller.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joanne of Portage; children, Steve (Sharon) of Circle Pines Minnesota, Debra of Sheboygan and Chris (Sue) of Merrimac; grandchildren, Ryan (Holly) of Merrimac and Rachel (John) Severson of Portage; siblings, Hazel Mulryan of Portage, Dorothy (Don) Ziemke of Baraboo, Gordon (June) of Baraboo, Marian Gasner of Baraboo, Linda (Mike) Kuwitzky of Muskego, Sue (Louis) Comte of Sanford, Maine, and John (Alice) of Baraboo; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by infant brother Richard and brother-in-law John Mulryan.

There will be no services per Neil’s wishes. The family suggests that memorials be made to the Merrimac Volunteer Fire Department or your own local volunteer fire department.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Heritage House of Portage for their care these last five months and the staff at the Home Health Hospice House in Baraboo.

Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.