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Secretary AIHPC

P.O. Box 88

Bayfield Wisconsin, 54814


Warren Jensch

Warren David Jensch, 63, of Bayfield passed away on Oct. 30, 2013 at Northern Lights Health Care Center, in Washburn. He was born Dec. 26, 1949 in Elm Grove, Wisconsin, the son of Clyde and Dorothy (Nagel) Jensch.

Warren graduated from Waukesha High School in 1968 and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1972.

Warren had a life-long connection to Sand Island. He is the great grandson of Maj. Samuel W. Campbell, who built a cottage on Sand Island in 1909. Warren spent his early summers living there with his grandmother Daisy (Campbell) Jensch and eventually, in 1976, he began his career working full-time at Shaw Point as property manager on Sand Island. He was instrumental in preserving the island’s precious history, historic buildings and living traditions. Warren will be remembered for his talents as a trained mechanic and seasoned boat captain on Lake Superior’s often, treacherous waters. Warren’s deep knowledge and care for the island, and especially his care to those who are connected with it, made him a treasured individual. He will forever be a prominent part of the history of Sand Island.

Warren was also known beyond the island for his remarkable generosity, often working quietly, behind the scenes, to offer assistance to others and ensure important details were always remembered.

Warren served the community in countless ways. He was a founding member of the Apostle Islands Historic Preservation Conservancy, a leading member of the Apostle Island Snowmobile Club, and he served on the Town of Russell Planning Commission.

Warren is survived by his two older brothers, Peter F. Jensch of Portland, Maine, and Thomas C. Jensch and his wife, Marlene, of The Villages, Florida and Bayfield, Wisconsin. He is also survived by his two nephews, Curtis P. Jensch of Portland, Maine and Eric T. Jensch of Los Angeles, California.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.