Earl was raised in Brookville, and graduated from Brookville High School in 1947. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1950 serving as Sergeant First Class at Burtonwood Royal Air Force Base in Lancashire, England, for four years. After reenlisting in 1954, he was stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. Earl married Sydney Tregenza in 1952 in Liverpool, England. They celebrated 63 years of marriage before her death in 2015. Earl and Sydney had one daughter, Amy. He proudly worked as a Superintendent at Ballou Construction Company, and Salina Sand for 42 years.
Earl enjoyed tinkering with a 1945 Ford pickup he purchased in 1958. After retirement he restored the truck back to its original shape and could be seen showing it off in the annual Salina Christmas parade. He and his wife were long-time volunteers at the Salina Community Theater where they made many friends. Earl built a hog roaster out of a 55-gallon drum and enjoyed smoking meats for parties, and he was an avid bread baker sharing bread with friends and neighbors. In 2015 Earl moved to the Oxford Grand Senior Living apartments in Wichita. He enjoyed playing BINGO, attending the weekly happy hours, making new friends, and spending time with his daughter.
Survivors include: his daughter, Amy Jensen of Wichita; brothers, Melvin, Daryl, and Donnie; sister, Anita Lindsay; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by: his parents; siblings, Harold, Clinton, Esther, Katherine, and Ella Mae; and his wife, Sydney.
Celebration of Life will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Ryan Mortuary, Salina.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salina Community Theater in memory of Earl and Sydney Jensen in care of Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth, Salina, KS 67401.