Although generally opposed to war, Jurgen served his country in the first half of the Korean conflict. After the war he returned to Minnesota and attended the University in St. Paul. It was there that he met his future wife Gertraud.
He and Gertraud were married in 1955 and almost immediately made the voyage to Crescent City. Here, with the help of his sister and brother-in-law they built the family home and started their family. They had three sons: Peter, then three years later Steven and finally ten years later
After he retired Jurgen remained active in the local community. He and Gertraud volunteered as child advocates and in the harbor beautification.
In his free time Jurgen enjoyed the outdoors. He spent his summers salmon fishing and enjoying the rewards of his garden, which included a variety of berries and fruit trees. His smoked salmon was well known and appreciated by family and friends. When not working in his garden he enjoyed going for walks in the forest or along the beach and coastline.
He had a wonderful sense of humor and delighted in playing small pranks on family and friends. He will be remembered as being a very kind and gentle man, unless engaged in a game of Monopoly, and then he was joyfully ruthless.
Jurgen was preceded in death by his sister, Irene Borath, and his wife, Gertraud. He is survived by his children Peter, Steven, and Michael, and his grandchildren, Larissa, Mallory, Austin, and Connor.
An open house celebration of life will be held at The Good Harvest Cafe in Crescent City on March 29, 2014, from 1-4 p.m. All friends are encouraged to drop in and join the family. We look forward to hearing and sharing stories about this special man.
— Submitted by Family