MADISON - Jerald D. “Jerry” Jensen, age 63, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, after a long illness with COPD.

He was born on July, 7, 1950, in Madison, the son of John Kilford Jensen and Beth Marie Patterson. Jerry married Mary Kay La Reau on April 4, 1970. In his younger years, Jerry was an avid hunter and also served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked as a serviceman and a security guard. Jerry was a member of America Legion Post No. 481.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Kay; daughter, Jaymi; two grandchildren, Reese and Griffin; a sister, JoAnn Jensen (Diane Morehouse); a brother, Richard Jensen; many nieces and nephews; and special friend, Ben Nickel. Jerry was preceded in death by his son, Jeremy; parents, and a brother, Tom.

Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, with Cassandra Mae presiding. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, and also from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday.

A special thank you to Alden Estates of Jefferson and Rainbow Hospice for all their kind and loving care for Jerry. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.