John B. (aka Johnny) Jensen, 81, of Penn Yan, died Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Geneva General Hospital from complications caused by COPD.
Funeral services will be provided by Weldon’s Funeral Home, 102 East Main St., Penn Yan. Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5 and 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6. The memorial service will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery in Geneva.
Born May 22, 1936, to Carl and Nettie (nee Clift) Jensen, he spent his childhood in Kashong at the family store and gas station, and then graduated from Geneva High School in 1954. He also attended Syracuse University, where he was a member of the marching band from 1954-1955. He held several jobs; performing television repair and working at American Can in Geneva, Penn Yan Boats, and Transelco/Ferro Corporation in Dresden, where he worked for 31 years until his retirement in 1999.
John was a professional musician who started performing when he was a toddler, playing the ukulele on the counter of his family store. He eventually progressed to singing and playing guitar, trumpet, and performing with his wife in their band called The Cherokees. They entertained countless numbers of fans throughout the Finger Lakes for over 40 years. He proudly served as President of his High School DeMolay club and was a member of the Penn Yan Moose Lodge Ritual Team.
A Jack-of-all-trades John enjoyed fixing cars and televisions as well as other vintage radio/electronic equipment in his spare time, helping many others along his way. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and campfires.
He is dearly loved and will be forever missed by his wife of 58 years, Orvilla P. (a.k.a. Pat) Jensen, and their children; George (Diane) Armlin, Thomas D. (Christina) Jensen, William (Lori) Jensen, Joanna Jensen, and Sonja (Daniel) Jensen-Schell; his grandchildren, James and Corey Armlin, Thom E. (Kate Silverstrim) Jensen and Christian Jensen, Michael (Caprina) Brown, Lindsey Jensen, Jonathan Jensen, Kassondra (Joseph Larzelere) Jensen, Andrea (Jeff) Bailey, Joshua Johnston, Jeremiah Johnston, Melissa (Zachary) Geroux (nee Johnston), Nicholas Lamicela, Vincent Lamicela, Athena Lamicela, and Stephanie Schell; as well as his great-grandchildren, Collin, Ayden, Alaura Mae, Bethany, Clayton, Maddox, Abigail, Crystal, Christopher, Savannah, Kristina, Brianna, Jenah and Michael Jr.; and his favorite “Aunt-in-Law,” Frieda Whittington.
John was predeceased by his brothers, Donald Richard, and Carl Robert; and sister Mary Lou (Beardsley) Jensen.
He will also be sorely missed by his friends, Bernie and Charlotte Ladd, and his beloved companion dog, Anjalita.