James Frederick Gense
James Frederick Gense
  • March 16, 1930 - January 19, 2018
  • Arizona

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Jim passed away peacefully on January 19 at the age of 87. Born in Perham, MN, he was raised in Drayton, ND. He and his beloved wife, Shirley "Ann" Gense, lived in Minto, ND for over 35 years, working and raising their family.

Jim worked for Otter Tail Power Company for 40 years. He and Ann retired in 1992, moving to Arizona, spending many years traveling while enjoying the beauty and warmth of the Sonoran Desert. Besides his family, his "loves" included travel, get-away redezvous to Laughlin and Las Vegas, NV, and fishing. In retirement he learned to carve, developing a previously undiscovered but truly exceptional talent.

He is survived by his children Kathryn Wicker, Moorhead, MN; Jay Gense and wife Marilyn (Surprise, AZ); grandchildren Michael (Dena) and Stacy (Tony), and great-grandchildren Lauren, Katelyn, and Avery. Jim is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Shirley Ann (2006), brother Glen Gary (2017) and son-in-law, Rob (2013).

A private interment will be held in Sun City, AZ. Memorial donations can be made to the National Parkinson Foundation (www.parkinson.org).