Roman H. Jennissen


Roman H. Jennissen, age 78 of Sauk Centre, died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center in St. Cloud.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Dick McGuire and Rev. James Statz concelebrating. Interment followed in Calvary Cemetery with military honors provided by the Sauk Centre United Veterans Honor Guard.

Roman Henry Jennissen was born Feb. 15, 1935, in Getty Township, Stearns County, to Joseph and Clara (Wessel) Jennissen. He grew up on a farm near Padua. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1954 and in 1958 he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He retired in 1975 after tours of duty in Japan, two tours in Vietnam and two tours in Germany, as well as numerous stateside duty stations.

He married Mary Riermann on Aug. 19, 1958, at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. The couple had resided in Sauk Centre since 1975. Roman was employed as a welder for several years and retired from Jennie-O in 2002. Roman enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, four wheeling and all types of nature.

Roman was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church and Paul F. Donart VFW Post 2853.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jennissen of Sauk Centre; seven children, Linda (John) Hinnenkamp of Sauk Centre, Ronald Jennissen of Holmes City, Debbie (Bill) Britz of Sauk Centre, Kathy (Rusty Rohde) Van Havermaet of Sauk Centre, Sandy (Bucky) Blank of Sauk Centre, Diana (Troy) Kiecker of Big Lake and Juliana (Paul) Robischon of Sauk Centre; 22 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one on the way; sister, Adeline (Harlen) Nelson of Norway Lake; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Al Jennissen; infant siblings, Mary and Joseph; infant granddaughter, Carrie Britz; nephew, Joe Jennissen. 

Serving as casket bearers were grandsons, Matt and Luke Jennissen, David and Brian Britz, Cody, Kenny, Sawyer and Danny Hinnenkamp. Cross bearer was Kali Robischon and scripture bearer was Megan Kiecker. Honorary bearers were Amanda and Lisa Jennissen, Sarah Carruth, Emily Britz, Brittany and Myria Van Havermaet and Chris Hinnenkamp. Gift bearers were Haley and Tyler Blank and Jacob Robischon. 

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.

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