Eugene "Jack" Tennyson

Eugene "Jack" Tennyson, age 84 of Rapid City, SD, died July 22, 2008, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Saturday, July 26, at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church, with Father Leo Hausmann as celebrant.

Music was provided by Mary Erz, organist. Ushers were Myron Williams and Delmar Paulsen. Pallbearers were Clarence Wagner, Eric Tennyson, Nick Feller, Norman Klingbile, John Overholt and Lyle Williams.

Interment was in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Quinn.

Eugene "Jack" Tennyson was born February 3, 1924, in Quinn, SD, the son of Olaf and Kathryn (Overholt) Tennyson. Jack grew up and attended school in Quinn and took a job driving truck for Roy Johnson Trucking in Quinn. He also worked for Solar Aircraft in San Diego, CA, Everhardt Machine Shop in Denver, CO, and Tri-State Milling in both Quinn and Owanka.

On July 9, 1949, Jack married the love of his life, Shirley Hayes, and together they settled in Owanka where they raised their two children, Jerry and Kathy. Jack found work with Birdsall Sand and Gravel in 1951 at Wasta, SD. He remained with them as a superintendent until his retirement in 1985.

After his retirement, he and Shirley had homes in Mesa, AZ, Casper, WY, and finally in Rapid City.

Among his hobbies, Jack enjoyed fixing up and rebuilding old farm tractors.

Jack is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Rapid City; a son, Jerry Tennyson and his wife, Carol, of Arvada, CO; a daughter, Kathy Tennyson of Rapid City; two grandsons, Jerald Tennyson, Jr. and his wife, Debbie, of Waukesha, WI, and Eric Tennyson and his wife, Jayma, of Arvada, CO; one great-grandson, Jerry Tennyson III; three step grandchildren, Tom Lynn and his wife, Christen, of Littleton, CO, Shelly Pejsa and her husband, Robin, of Golden, CO, and Troy Lynn and his wife, Cindi, of West Jordan, UT; two brothers, George Tennyson and his wife, Marge, of Rapid City, and Lyle Tennyson and his friend, June, of Rapid City; five sisters, Joan Paulsen and her husband, Don, of Rapid City, Twila Koopman and her husband, Elmer, of Ivanhoe, MN, Norma Williams of Mesa, AZ, Marlene King and her husband, Bernie, of Sholo, AZ, and Ruby Flatt and her husband, Marvin, of Mesa, AZ; one sister-in-law, Frances Tennyson of Rapid City; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Gale Tennyson.

A memorial has been established.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com