Funeral Arrangements Set For U.S. Marine and Simley Alum Cola Jensen

Private Jensen will be interred at Fort Snelling following the funeral.

Update (June 21, 2012): The family of U.S. Marine Corps Private Cola Jensen has scheduled a visitation at the  on Sunday, June 24, from 4-8 p.m. and June 25 from 10-11 a.m. 

Private Jensen's funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 25, at the . Interment at Fort Snelling will follow the service.

Cola was born on November 4, 1992. He passed away on June 13, 2012. He is survived by father, Kevin; brother Dmitriy; uncles, Kirby (Georgia) & Kim (Cecilia).


Original story (June 14, 2012): United States Marine Corps Private Cola Jensen, of South St. Paul, has died from complications of an illness while serving at Camp Pendleton (Calif.), according to longtime Jensen family friend Diane Baum.  

Details of Jensen's Marine Corps service and untimely death are still unclear. 

Cola Jensen graduated from in 2011, where he was a member of the wrestling and cross county teams.

Cola's father, Kevin Jensen, is a teacher at Simley and coach of the middle school wrestling and track teams. 

Funeral arrangements for Cola are still pending, Baum told Patch.

Messages of support for the Jensen family can be left in the comment stream below. 

MJB June 15, 2012 at 04:35 PM
My daughter told me about this yesterday. Very sad. A few months ago, she came home from school (IGHMS) and was telling me about how some Marines were at Career Day, Pvt. Jensen was one of them. She said that they were the most interesting of all the people at career day. I want his family to know that thier son made a very positive impression on my daughter. Im sorry for your loss.
Jeff Roberts (Editor) June 15, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Thank you for your sentiments, MJB. I hope the Jensen's read your comment. Also, thank you to Simley HS Activities Director Will Short for the clarification. Private Jensen was serving in California, not overseas.
Bill Klein June 15, 2012 at 06:14 PM
We are all very saddened when we lose any of our Inver Grove Heights younger people. It is even more sad when we lose one that is serving in our armed forces. My families prayers go out to the family. Bill Klein Inver Grove Heights City Council
Samual McGinn June 16, 2012 at 07:38 AM
I have known Cola for over ten years, in that time we became very good friends. When I heard about his death i simply could not grasp it. He was always so strong. Cola was and always will be the nicest, most respectful young man i ever knew. It saddens me deeply to think that I will never see him again, I hope to attend the funeral service and pay my respects and offer my condolences. Cola will be sorely missed. Rest in peace my friend
Diane Baum June 16, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I took care of Cola at Kids Choice all throughout his elementary school years. He was also my son's best friend. I think Cola had a best friend in everyone! My condolences go out to all who knew him, especially his dad, Kevin Jensen and to his older brother, Dmitri. May he rest in peace.
Sandra White June 16, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I am Zac Becker's Grandmother and these fine young men enlisted the same day. Zac speaks so highly of your son, his heart and all who knew him in Yuma are so saddened with his passing. Zac has requested I place your family and all who knew your son on our prayer chain at church. I will keep my promise. My heart to yours. Sandra White
Terri McMillen June 16, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Prayers are being lifted up to the Jensen family. Kevin was a teacher and wrestling coach at Le Center and my son babysat for Cola and his older brother. Know residents of Le Center are thinking of you at this very difficult time.
Sherry and Terry Overn June 17, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Kevin. We are so sad to hear about Cola. I remember him only when he was first with you and you were becoming a family. My thoughts are with you. Sherry Overn
Tami Clark Pehrson June 17, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Kevin and Dmitriy I am so sorry for Your loss . Your Son and Brother. My heart is so sad. Sending you both My Hugs and Love. "Cola" Dear You will be missed Thank You Cola for the Memories and Fun you brought to Us All. Cola you were a energetic little boy and grew Up to be a Wonderful Young Man. Sending You Kisses and Hugs Up to Heaven... love Momma Clark Tami
Tami Clark Pehrson June 17, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Thank You
bette traxler June 17, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Kevin, Darrell Haigler just called to tell me about Cola. I remember seeing him as a young student in Le Center and then as a young boy when you would ref our tourney. He always wanted to help with something! I wish you the strength to get through this all. I offer my prayers for you and Demitri . Bette Traxler
Nancy Buss June 17, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Kevin and Deema, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am sadden to hear of your loss. Nancy Buss
Connie Harmeyer June 17, 2012 at 04:04 PM
On WCCO's Saturday night news a brief came up about a young Minnesota marine who died. Then Cola's name was mentioned. Disbelief and denial that it was Cola Jensen, formerly of Le Center, came over me. Kevin and Deema, my heartfelt condolences go out to you and those who Cola touched. Connie Harmeyer
George Tourville June 20, 2012 at 02:43 PM
It is sad to hear that Cola Jensen died while serving with the Marine Corps. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. God Bless
Jeff Roberts (Editor) June 20, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I'd just like to say a quick thank you to those of you who have left messages and condolences for Cola and the Jensens. I am certain there are hundreds more out there who sent their own messages in their own way. I did not know Cola but it's clear that he was a well-liked and well-respected member of Simley, Inver Grove Heights and the Marine Corps. I am certain the Jensens appreciate your words of kindness and support.
Jeff Roberts (Editor) June 21, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I've just been informed that Cola Jensen's visitation will happen 6/24 from 4-8 pm AND 6/25 from 10-11 am. It will be at the Church of St. Patrick NOT at Roberts Funeral Home. His funeral will be at 11 am on 6/25.
Joe Atkins June 21, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Thank you for updating the story, Jeff. Cola was a terrific young man. He'll be missed very much.
rafael alvarez August 17, 2012 at 02:52 PM
when i heard the Cola passed away i couldn't believe last time i saw him wast B-52 is so sad he will be missed . KEvin and Dimitri i'm so sorry for your lost my prayers for you and your family


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