Merle D. Jurgensen, 79, died Feb. 15, 2013 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center, Great Bend. He was born Nov. 17, 1933 at Great Bend, the daughter of Ed and Lena (Katzmaier) Jurgensen.
He married Almeda Herl May 5, 1953 at Great Bend. She survives. He worked in construction for Lindholm Construction, Jurgensen Construction, C.V. Cale and was a lifetime resident of Great Bend.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He participated in fast pitch softball, playing for the U.S. Army fast pitch team while stationed in Japan.
He is survived by Almeda Jurgensen of the home; three sons, Eddie Jay Jurgensen and his wife Cindy of Great Bend, Bradley Dean Jurgensen and his significant other, Lisa Garland, of Leavenworth; and Brett Lane Jurgensen and his wife Pricella “Zoe” of Victorville, Calif.; 11 grandchildren, Brandi Scheck, Chelsea Hartshorn, Kyla Jurgensen, Katelyn Jurgensen, Andrew Jurgensen, Drew Jurgensen, Hannah Jurgensen, Hayley Jurgensen, Tara Jurgensen, Cody Jurgensen and Sherri Basgall; and four great-grandchildren: Korbin Scheck, Conner Scheck, Parker Scheck and Piper Scheck. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Edward Jurgensen, Donald Jurgensen, Leonard Jurgensen and Morris Jurgensen; and four sisters, Edna Orebaugh, Alverna Holopirek, Loretta Jurgensen and Lois Jurgensen.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend with Rev. William Johnson. Interment will be at Great Bend Cemetery North, Great Bend, with military rites by Fort Riley Honor Guard. Visitation is from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, with the family receiving friends from 7- 8 p.m. all at Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend.
Memorials are requested to the Alzheimer’s Association or Harden Hospice or American Cancer Society, in care of Bryant Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home*
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS 67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Feb. 17, 2013