November 12, 1953 – December 30, 2023
A man of remarkable strength and boundless generosity, William Mulbah Zannie Jensen embodied the roles of a devoted husband, a loving father, brother, grandfather, and a cherished friend to many. Affectionately known as Bill or Jensen, his unwavering commitment to those he held dear, coupled with an infectious laughter, a joyous spirit, and his loving nature radiated through every interaction.
William Mulbah Zannie Jensen, 70, of Gladstone, Missouri, left this world and was pronounced dead in Platte City, Missouri on December 30, 2023. His journey began in Toikay Town, Gbapolu County, in 1953, born to Gayflor and Gbalor Zappa, and later raised by his uncle Moses G Jensen.
William attended high school at Dolokenlen Gboveh High School in Gbarnga, Bong County, Liberia – and graduated with the class of 1971. Upon his graduation, he migrated to Monrovia to be with his uncle Mr. John B. Bonal, and later with another uncle, Senator Willie Belleh. In 1974, Bill was fortunate to land a job with Roberts International Airport in the Catering Department. His hard work and diligence proved fruitful as he soon landed a job with the then prestigious Pan American Airline from 1978 to 1989 – unfortunately, his employment was interrupted due to civil war.
A survivor of the turbulent times, he navigated the Liberian civil war that began in 1989, facing the worst of adversity and enduring unimaginable hardship. Yet, through the trials, he clung to his unwavering faith in God, a steadfast beacon of hope during the darkest moments of Liberia’s tumultuous history.
William Mulbah Zannie Jensen was best known for his generosity and deep care. He fostered careers and provided travel opportunities for people to the United States and other Countries. He was a man who never said “no” to those in need. As a soccer goalie in his youth, he thought it necessary to sponsor soccer leagues, tuition for students, and food for many households. He helped raise many extended family members and relatives. Even in his old age, he donated to numerous charities, such as The Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, and the United States Veteran Fund. Bill received distinguished certificates and honors for his charitable contributions. He was a trusted employee of Pan American for decades as a Logistics manager. In that role, Bill traveled across countries in Africa, Europe, America, and South America – where he trained and set up Pan Am warehouses. Bill was a prolific bookkeeper, meticulous in every role, and finally ended his employment at Challenge Manufacturing.
He is survived by his:
WIFE – Garmai N Jensen, the two were married on January 11, 2014, in Unification City, Margibi County, Liberia.
CHILDREN – Korkulor William Jensen “Bucca”, Lee Sugarboy Jensen, Kulubor Gahwuoni Jensen, Viola Satta Jensen, Jenice Gbalor Jensen, and Bill Mulbah Zannie Jensen.
STEP & ADOPTED CHILDREN – William raised and nurtured other children who aren’t his biologically Seba G Jensen, Milton “Papa” Jensen, Handful Jensen, Emma Korto Jensen, Flomo “Boone” Jensen, James Wennie, Tarron Wennie, Emmett Wennie, Wolobah Wenwoi, Hil Wilson, Jorina Wilson, Fassue Kelleh and Alufine Koroma.
He was a wonderful parent and never separated his children, never allowing the word “step sister or brother” to be used. He was a devoted family man and father. Psalms- 127:3 “Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” He never spanked or raised his voice at any of his children. He was always calm, fast to listen, and slow to speak, making him the preferred parent in times of discipline.
GRANDCHILDREN – Though William MZ Jensen loved laughing, friendships, and generosity, William’s legacy lives in his grandchildren. He treasured them all and would have been hands-on if the opportunity provided itself. His grandchildren range in age from 2 to 45 yrs., great grand, ages 1-3 yrs, and great-great-grand age 1.
SIBLINGS – Brothers; Matthew S Gayflor, David Jensen, Sam Jensen,, Nygbuyah Jensen and sister; Garmai Mai Jensen, Lorpu Jensen and Jarpu Morlu, Ma
CHURCH – William was an active member of Roberts Field Baptist Church in Unification Town, Margibi County, Liberia, and Grace Baptist Church, in Gladstone, Missouri.
William MZ Jensen “Bill” will always be remembered for his laughter on all occasions and the way that he broke the tension with that laugh. We’ll always imagine hearing him say “sweetheart” to the females in the family before starting his sentences. We couldn’t have asked for a better parent, grandparent, sibling, or friend, we will miss his warmth and loving spirit. In his memory, we find solace in celebrating the strength he embodied, the joy he shared, and the enduring faith that carried him through the darkest days.
THE FAMILY INVITES YOU TO A MEMORIAL SERVICE IN HIS HONOR.