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Obituary for Carl Stensgaard "Stony" Jensen

Carl S. (Stony) Jensen of Roanoke passed away Monday March 25, 2024 at age 87 surrounded by his loving wife and family. He was the son of the late Clifford O. and G. Sophie Jensen. Stony was born on April 23, 1936 in Middletown, OH. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Carol W. Jensen, two loving sons and their spouses, Charles C. Jensen, wife Virginia of Stroudsburg, PA and Kenneth E. Jensen, wife Shirley of Penhook, VA. Four grandsons: Daniel Jensen and wife Kendra of Manassas, VA, Samuel Jensen and wife Alyssa, of Leesburg, VA, Joseph Jensen of Roanoke and Keith Jensen of Tullahoma, TN. Stony is also survived by his twin brothers, David Jensen and wife Peg of Troy, VA, and Erik Jensen and wife Ilona of Mechanicsville, VA.

He graduated from Penn State in 1958 and was a long-time proud supporter of the school and in particular PSU football, where he was an equipment manager for two years. He retired from Norfolk Southern Railway as Manager of Steam Operations after 37 years. He served in many Sales and Marketing roles including recruiting and training many future NS leaders, during the 70’s and 80’s. By far his favorite job at NS was managing the Steam Locomotive excursion program for more than a decade, which culminated his career. In addition to his role at NS, he was a founding member of the Roanoke Chapter - National Railway Historical Society, and former President of the local chapter and Vice President of the National Organization.  A world-wide traveler with wife Carol, they circumnavigated the globe in his retirement years in between riding trains literally all-over North America, many times in a private railcar owned by son Chuck.

He cared greatly for his family having been afforded the opportunity to participate in many activities with his children and grandchildren. He was very proud of the accomplishments of his sons and grandsons. Carl was a long-time member, along with Carol, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. In his later years, he greatly enjoyed his association with the church and the many activities he was able to participate in. 

A celebration of his life will be held at Oakey’s North Chapel between 4-7 pm Sunday, March 31, 2024. The funeral will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church on Franklin Rd. in Roanoke at 11am Monday April 1, 2024. Interment will be held after the church service at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Airport Rd. Roanoke.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1008 Franklin Rd, SW, Roanoke, VA  24016. Online condolences may be made at

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