SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Rev. Jens N. Kvols, 95, Sioux City, Iowa, died Sept. 28, 2011, at his residence, the Sioux City Gospel Mission.
Funeral Services were Oct. 1 at the Concord Evangelical Free Church, Concord, with Pastor Todd Thelen as the officiant.
Burial followed at the Laurel City Cemetery, Laurel. Visitation was Sept. 30 at the Nelson-Berger Northside Chapel, Sioux City.
Jens was born March 17, 1916, in Sholes, to Nick and Marie (Peterson) Kvols. At the age of three, he returned to Denmark for two years. Jens married Thelma Lisle May 27, 1939. At the age of 27, he accepted Christ as his personal Savior. Jens farmed north of Laurel, until 1969. He served the Lord in his local church and in 1940, was privileged to be one of the men to help start the Sioux City Gospel Mission. He was ordained as a pastor and started a church in Laurel. Jens was the founder of the World Missionary Fellowship in the Philippines in 1963, where many souls received Christ as Savior. Jens returned to the Philippines over 20 times holding evangelistic meetings. Jens and Thelma spent their winters in Arizona developing many special friendships. At the age of 93, Jens returned to the Sioux City Gospel Mission to be part of the ministry and ministered there until the day he died.
Jens is survived by his children and their spouses, Joan Willett, Bloomington, Minn.; Sharon and Joe Schrodt, Kimberling City, Mo.; Jim and Judy Kvols, Laurel; and Charolette and Dick Nelson, Attica, Kan.; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and sister, Dorothy Thomas, Blair.
Jens was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Thelma; brothers, Eugene and Morris Kvols; sons-in-law, Jack Brunner and Myron Willett; grandchildren, Robbie Brunner and Gene Kvols; and two great-grandchildren, Brandon Edgren and Noah Kvols.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the World Missionary Fellowship.