Ib Jensen

Ib Jensen, a resident of Westmoreland Union Manor in recent years, peacefully passed away on August 25th with his family and friend at his side “after 11 days of excellent care at Sunnyside Kaiser Hospital”.

Ib was born in Stege, Denmark, on February 10, 1920, and was a member of the Danish Brotherhood. At 14 years of age Ib was trained into the Tailoring Trades in his fathers business. Ib married wife Elly in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1944 and son Gert was born in 1948. After his father’s death he struggled to maintain his family’s business, ultimately deciding to emigrate to Canada in 1957, where his brother Henning resided as a Blacksmith with his family.

Ib JensenIn 1961, Ib joined friends to find employment in the states. And landed in Portland, acquiring a tailor position with Meier & Frank, in the Lloyd Center store, on his first day of looking for a job. He retired after 25 years of service there, and continued freelance work with Meier & Frank as he cared for his wife Elly in her battle with cancer. After Elly’s death in 1989, Ib moved into the Westmoreland Union Manor, living there until his death.

The first of five siblings, Ib is survived by one remaining brother, Henning Jensen of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, as well as several nieces, nephews, and beloved son Gert and daughter in law Theresa of Milwaukie, Oregon.

Ib loved dancing, and danced right up until four days before going into the hospital. He attended many Community Center dances – particularly those held at the Milwaukie Community Center. A Celebration of Life, “Ib’s Last Dance”, was held September 1st at 4 pm at Westmoreland Union Manor. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Thelma Skelton Loaves & Fishes at S.E. Milwaukie and Center Street in Brooklyn, and to The Westmoreland Union Manor Civic Club.