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Harold Jorgensen

Monday, November 19, 2012

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Harold Jorgensen

Nov. 5, 1917 - Nov. 16, 2012

CURTIS, Nebraska -- Harold Jorgensen, 95, of Curtis, Nebraska, passed away Nov. 16, 2012, at Linden Court in North Platte, Nebraska, at the age of 95 years.

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Harold was born Nov. 5, 1917, in Curtis to Jorgen Peter and Anna (Jepsen) Jorgensen.

Harold attended school in Curtis, graduating from UNSA High School in 1936. Following high school, Harold entered the US Army attending Officers Training School and then served his country from 1941 to 1945 in World War II, earning a Purple Heart after he was wounded in combat. Following his service to his country as a 2nd Lieutenant, he returned to the Curtis area where he farmed and ranched.

Harold married Margaret Johnson on Aug. 1, 1942, at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Harold's life was a tribute to his faith in God. He taught adult Sunday school and served as a lay minister. He also served on the church board in many capacities at both Ebenezer Lutheran Church and St. John's Lutheran Church.

His family was the joy of his life which was demonstrated through his deep and unconditional love. He was a loyal neighbor and friend. He looked at his farm and cattle as pleasure rather than work, regularly taking enjoyable drives through pastures and fields with family and neighborhood friends.

He was an active member of the American Legion, Nebraska Beef Council, National Cattleman's Association, the Toastmasters Association and Lions club. He served on several boards including Curtis Co-Op, Farm Bureau, Board of Education, the Board of Elections, and the Curtis Telephone Co. Harold was also active in the Young Farmer Veteran organization and 4-H, where he served as the leader for many years.

He is survived by his son, Richard (Sharon) Jorgensen of Curtis; his daughters, Ann Jeanette (Jim) Deidel of North Platte, Gwen Nickerson of Curtis and Diane Walsh of Cozad, Nebraska; grandsons, Mark (Lanis) Jorgensen, Matt (Trisha) Jorgensen, Steve Strawn, John (Susan) Robinson, Jeff (Kathy) Robinson, Darren (Jennifer) Robinson, Tim (Danelle) Nickerson, Ryan Walsh; granddaughters, Lori (Mike) Mortensen, Amy (Brandon) Jahnke, Mary (Shawn) Overton, Angela (Cory) Nida, Stacie (Kevin) Owens; 22 great-grandchildren; brother, Loren (Lorraine) of North Platte, his sister, Erma Taylor of Casper, Wyoming and a host of other family and friends.

Harold was preceded in death by wife, Margaret Jorgensen, his parents, his brother, Vern Jorgensen, grandson Steven Jorgensen, and son-in-law, Joe Nickerson.

He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He will be missed by all.

Visitation will be at Blase-Wetzel-Strauser Memorial Chapel, Curtis, Nebraska, Tuesday, today until 8 p.m. with the family present from 5-7 pm.

Services will be at St. John's Lutheran Church, Curtis, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Derrick Brown officiating.

Interment will follow in the Curtis Cemetery in Curtis.

Memorials may be given to the St. John's Lutheran Church, PO Box 64, Curtis, NE 69025 or Senior Living Choices, 217 Crook Ave, Curtis, NE 69025.

Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.