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Erik K. Jensen

December 18, 1928 November 29, 2018
Erik K. Jensen
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Erik K. Jensen, age 89, of Oak Park, veteran of the U.S. Army in Korea; beloved husband of Bebsie nee Nielsen; loving father of Kimberly (Bruce) Wojack and Dawn Jensen; cherished grandpa of Erik Jacob “Jake” and Emma Jensen Wojack; dear brother of John (Marion) Jensen and the late Erving (Beverly) Jensen and Edna McLain; brother in law of Pearl (James) Gould; fond uncle of many died on November 29, 2018.
Erik was a restaurateur. He owned and operated Nielsen’s Restaurant in Elmwood Park, Erik’s Deli in Oak Park and “Erik and Me” restaurants in Chicago, St. Charles and Elmwood Park. His goal was to provide casual dining places where friends and family could meet. He retired from those operations in 1987. He then began a second career serving as Executive Director of the Illinois Restaurant Association until 1991. Erik was also instrumental in starting The Taste of Chicago.
He also served as a board member of the National Restaurant Association, was a member of the River Forest Tennis Club, a board member of the West Cook YMCA, a member of the Lions Club and a longtime member of United Lutheran Church in Oak Park. Erik also donated his time to West Suburban P.A.D.S. and West Suburban Hospital.
Erik lived life to its fullest and always believed that the glass was half full. He enjoyed participating in all types of sports. He started to snow ski at age 40, was an avid water skier, and loved parasailing. He was a passionate sailor and loved to be on any lake, sea or ocean. The shared experiences he provided to his children and grandchildren were what made him so special.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 4 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. A Memorial Service and Celebration of His Life will be held on Wednesday, December 5 at 11 a.m. at United Lutheran Church, 409 Greenfield Ave., Oak Park. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either the Danish Home of Chicago ( ) or United Lutheran Church (

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3:00 PM 12/4/2018 3:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 12/4/2018 8:00:00 PM
Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home

203 South Marion Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home
203 South Marion Street Oak Park 60302 IL
United States

Memorial Service




11:00 AM 12/5/2018 11:00:00 AM
United Lutheran Church

409 Greenfield Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

United Lutheran Church
409 Greenfield Street Oak Park 60302 IL
United States

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United Lutheran Church

409 Greenfield Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

The Danish Home

5656 N. Newcastle Ave.
Chicago, IL 60631

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