My Great Uncle Duane


My mom’s uncle passed away Monday morning after a fall he had on Friday night. I have a copy of his obituary here.


Duane P. Jorgensen
Duane P. Jorgensen, age 74, of Wautoma passed away early Monday morning, February 9, 2004, at Theda-Clark Medical Center in Neenah.
He was born November 7, 1929 to Nels and Sena (Hansen) Jorgensen in the Saxeville area. He married the love of his life, Gayla Beth (Nutter) Jorgensen on May 27, 1950 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Mr. Jorgensen worked as a heavy equipment operator for Waukesha Lime and Stone. Later, he was a Wisconsin State Patrol officer for 12 years serving in Racine and Outagamie Counties. Duane was a truck driver for Schneider Transport and Weiland Trucking Co. of Wautoma until his retirement in 1995.

Duane enjoyed motorcycling with his wife Beth, they were active with Goldwing Road Riders and the Retreads. He enjoyed deer hunting with his son, David and son-in-law, Bill at Black River Falls in Jackson County.

Duane is survived by is beloved wife of 53 years, Gayla Beth (Nutter) Jorgensen, Wautoma; two daughters, Barbara (William) Lapp, Green Bay, Christine Jorgensen, Neenah; one son, David (Terri) Jorgensen, Wautoma; seven grandchildren, Michael Lapp, Lori (Lucas) Lemberger, Jamie Jorgensen (special friend, Brad), April Grunwald, Jennifer (Shawn) Rickert, Phillip Grunwald, and Becky Grunwald; three great-grandsons. He is further survived by many nieces and nephews. A special niece, Laura (Joe) Micklitz; goddaughter, Donna Kirk; godson, Jeffrey Gerber; three sisters-in-law, Nellie Jorgensen, Saxeville, Joyce (Howard) Brand, Vero Beach, Florida, Beverly (Bill) Wood, Colorado Springs, CO and his little dog, Muffin.

He was preceded in death by is parents, three sisters, Evelyn, Myra and Mabel; four brothers, Vernon, Lyle, Leon and Oliver; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Phillip and Gayla Nutter; and by one brother-in-law, Eugene Nutter.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 4 p.m. in Leikness Funeral Home, Wautoma.

Relatives and friends may greet the family on Saturday from 2 p.m. until the time of services.

Author: ksmiley

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