With profound sadness we announce the passing of our father, David Leroy Jorgensen. Dave was a son, husband, brother, father, grandfather and great grandfather and a friend to all whose lives he touched. On January 3, he left us while sleeping peacefully at Sunset Hospice surrounded by his family. He had just spent Christmas Day with his entire family together at Sunset Cottage. David and his wife, Jeannette, spent some special moments together praying and speaking on that same day.
David was the youngest child of three to Louis “Louie” and Annie Jorgensen, born on July 25, 1940 in Marcus, IA. David grew up in and around Germantown, IA. He attended and graduated from Marcus High School in 1958.
Dave met the love of his life while playing cards with friends (a passion of both David & Jeannette) in Germantown. Jeannette was a school teacher at the parochial school there. They were married on June 3, 1961 at St.Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rost MN township and shared 58 years of faithful marriage. David started his career as a mechanic and then began driving semi-truck to support his growing family. He took a break from it when he and Jeannette owned and operated a bowling alley in Hartley, IA and returned to truck driving after it was sold. He drove semi until he retired. In 2007, he was awarded Minnesota Trucker of the Year and was joined by his wife and surprised by his children to celebrate.
David was an avid bowler and loved to bowl in competitive tournaments with family and friends. He also enjoyed playing cards, golfing, fishing, visiting with friends at Hage’s Oil in the morning and at the VFW after work. David attended Senior Dining, and when he could no longer drive, a local veteran, James Siefkan, would provide transportation so he wouldn’t miss it. Dave was known in the family for his great dancing skills. He always enjoyed cutting a rug at weddings and anniversary parties with his wife, children and grandchildren. Fantastic memories for all!
He was the treasured husband of Jeannette Jorgensen and the beloved father of Ann (Paul), Michael, Paula (Dave), Julie (Brett), Harlan (Stacie) and Tony (Jenni). He was the cherished grandpa of Stephanie, Daniel, Ally, Dalton, Aaron, Jackson, Adam, Whitney, Haley, Jacob, Parker, Jace and Laiten and was the adored great grandfather of Lincoln, Maverick, Easton, Blake and Avia. Predeceased by his wife Jeannette, son, Michael, and his brother, Glenn and parents – Louis and Annie Jorgensen. Survived by his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and his sister, Elna.
David lived a full life as a wonderful husband, father, hard worker, touching the lives of everyone he knew with his friendship and laughter. Many holidays and gatherings at their home saw added seats in the family circle for dear friends that were part of their extended family.
David passed away just 5 days after the love of his life, Jeannette. A celebration of David & Jeannette’s life will be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lakefield, MN on Friday, January 10th beginning at 10:00am, with family available to visit. The services will be at 11:00 am, followed by a lunch served in the church hall. Ash Internment, next to his son, Michael will be at Rost Cemetary, rural Lakefield, weather permitting.
We ask that memorials be extended to an organization that “serves”, in lieu of flowers. Sunset Hospice Cottage at PO Box 203, Worthington, MN 56187 was chosen by David’s children as his memorial beneficiary. Sunset provided so much comfort, contentment and peace in his final days and made those days so meaningful to all of us.
The Dingmann Funeral Home in Worthington is assisting the family.