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Morgan Rudolph Tennyson, Jr., 77, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2018, at the Heartland Senior Living in Truman surrounded by family and Pastor Rusert. Morgan was born on March 3, 1940, in Parkers Prairie, MN, to Morgan P. and Alvina (Fritz) Tennyson. He attended schools in Alexandria, MN and Fairmont, MN and was confirmed at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fairmont on April 3, 1955.
Morgan married the love of his life, Janice Faye Osborn, on August 5, 1960, in Fairmont. Morgan would always say "God put her on this earth just for me."
After beginning work at Bosshart Construction, he started building concrete grain elevators for Hogenson Construction, Conger Construction, and Jacobson Construction. In 1981, he founded Tennyson Construction and continued to remain active in the company. Upon semi-retirement, he enjoyed travelling with his "lovely bride" to 48 of the states, along with bucket list trips to Alaska and China. They enjoyed spending the winters at their home in Phoenix, AZ.
Throughout his life, Morgan cherished his faith, family and friends. He belonged to the Truman Lions Club, Truman Jaycees, a board member of he Truman Historical Society, and served on the board of both the St. Paul's Lutheran Church and School.
His hobbies included: collecting and driving classic cars, woodworking, playing the organ, and taking his wife dancing each month in Mankato and Mapleton.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to our sister and aunt, Shirley Olsen, for being our "angel" throughout the last two years, and to Pastor Rusert for his spiritual support. Also, thank you to the Mayo Clinic Hospice and the staff at Heartland Senior Living Truman for the care and support they provided our father and family.
Morgan is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janice, of Truman; son, Michael Tennyson (Jeani) of Truman; daughters, Bonnie Froehlich (Todd) of Eau Claire, WI, Sandra Bartilomo (John) of Phoenix, AZ, Connie Gebur (Robert) of Woodbury, MN, Janet Raddatz (Gerald) of Prior Lake, MN, and Jo Anne Lindaman (Scott) of River Falls, WI; grandchildren, Matthew, Tyler and Jacob Tennyson; Kate (fiance Samuel Osborn) and Mitchell Froehlich; John, Marissa, and Savannah Bartilomo; Ryan (Megan), Alexander (fiancee Amanda Kapusniak) and Cody Gebur; Nicholas and Nathan Raddatz; and Taylor and Hayley Lindaman; sisters, Loraine Bonin of Fairmont, Karen (Dave) Larson of Apple Valley, MN, Marjorie (Neol) Hibbard of Mankato, and Diane (Paul) Sheely of Fairmont; brother, Douglas (Pat) Tennyson of Norco, CA; brothers-in law, Lynn Flohrs and Larry (Ardis) Osborn; sisters-in-law, Shirley Olsen and Jo Whitman, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Morgan and Alvina Tennyson; sister, Dorothy Flohrs; nephews, Todd Bonin and Garry Osborn; mother-in-law, Letta Leona Osborn (Whitman); fathers-in-law, Lester Osborn and Archie Whitman; and brothers-in-law, Carl Junior Bonin, Kent Olsen, and John Whitman.
Visitation will be held on February 6 from 4-7pm at Zaharia Funeral Home in Truman and one hour prior to the services at church. Services will be held at 10:30am on February 7 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Truman. Interment will take place immediately following the service at Ridgelawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: St. Paul's Lutheran Church or School in Truman, MN, Truman Historical Society, Truman Heartland Senior Living, and Barrow Neurological Institute at 350 West Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013, which conducts brain tumor research. Online condolences can be shared with the family at www.zahariafamilyfuneral.com
Published on February 4, 2018
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