PINE RIDGE, FL -- John F. Jorgensen, age 87, passed away Thursday, September 25, 2008, at the Becker-Shoop Center. John was born in Racine, April 5, 1921, son of the late Fred and Mattie (Nee: Christensen) Jorgensen.
John was a 1939 graduate of Washington Park High School. Furthering his education, he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he played trumpet in the University Marching Band and was a member of Psi Upsilon fraternity. During World War II, he went to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis and became a Lieutenant on a destroyer based out of Pearl Harbor. In 1944, John married June M. Kuehmstead (who preceded him in death in 2001). After the war, he worked as an engineer for J.I. Case, Massey-Ferguson and Webster Electric. He was then employed by Webster Electric as Sales Manager for over fifteen years.
John and June moved to Redington Shores, Florida, in 1970 where John was employed by Torquip Inc. until his retirement in 1996. While in Racine, John was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church and Holy Communion Lutheran Church where he served as treasurer. He was also a member of Meadowbrook Country Club. John enjoyed fishing, sailing, golfing, playing bridge and coin collecting. All his life, he was devoted to his family and will be sadly missed.
Survivors include his daughter, Jane (Glenn) Knudsen of Racine; his son, Jim Jorgensen (Lisa Busby) of Palomar Park, CA; his grandchildren, Scott (Ronit) Jorgensen, Danny Jorgensen, Katie Jorgensen, Cannon Bonar; his great-granddaughter, Sienna Jorgensen; brother-in-law, Tony (Arden) Kuehmstead; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by his sister, Ruby Reader; and brother, Lyle Jorgensen.
Private services were held on Sunday. Memorials to ones favorite charity have been suggested.
The family wants to express their gratitude to Dr. Wisniewski, Becker-Shoop staff, and Hospice Alliance for their loving and compassionate care.
MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888