Howard (Howie) Allen Jurgenson, age 83, passed away peacefully at the Clarkfield Care Center on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, at Clarkfield Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church. Arrangements are with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home for Howie Jurgenson.
Howie was born Oct. 14, 1936, in Clarkfield, to Arden and Gladys (Westre) Jurgenson. He was a lifelong member of Clarkfield Lutheran Church and was baptized and confirmed there. He attended school in Clarkfield with the Class of 1955.
In 1960, Howie joined the U.S. Army for 29 months, 13 months of which were spent in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1962. He was employed for 37 years as a trouble shooter for the Clarkfield Telephone Company.
On June 19, 1965, he was united in marriage to Phyllis Ann Harms. To this union of 39 years, two children were born — Troy and Tammy. After the passing of his beloved wife, Phyllis, in 2004, Howie found great companionship with his special friend, Sally Christianson. Her and her family gained a special place in his heart with the love and support they provided.
Howie will always be remembered for his quick wit, sense of humor, and endless story telling. A few of his hobbies included playing cards, spending time outdoors, and being surrounded by his friends and family. His greatest joy in life was his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his son, Troy and Jaci (Geurtz), of Rochester; daughter, Tammy and Stacy Mortenson, of Montevideo; four grandchildren, Jaden and Nolan Jurgenson, and Justin and Meghan Mortenson; special friend, Sally Christianson; brother, Richard Jurgenson; sister, Caron and John Aeikens; sister-in-laws, Janice Jurgenson and Darlene Jurgenson; brother-in-law, Luverne Johnson; and many extended family and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife; his brothers, Roland, Arden Jr., and Larry; his sister, Jeanne Johnson; his sister-in-law, Liz Jurgenson; his mother-in-law, Donna Harms; and his father-in-law, John Harms.