Leo Jurgens Obituary

Leo Frederick Jurgens
Leo F. Jurgens
Leo Frederick Jurgens

July 11, 1950 - December 30, 2013
Born in Mineola, IA
Resided in Polk City, IA
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Leo Frederick Jurgens, 63, died Monday, December 30, 2013, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. In agreement with his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service celebrating Leo's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Madrid, where the family will greet friends following the service on Saturday. A private committal will be held at a later date.

Leo was born on a farm outside Mineola, Iowa to Rudy and Ruth (Camden) Jurgens. He was the first of two children and spent his early life on their family farm. He graduated from Treynor High School in 1968.

Leo studied at the Universal Technical Institute and in July 1971 he started with what was then known as Western Bell, working in building maintenance. He would stay with the company for 41 years, working his way up and eventually retiring as Regional Property Specialist. Leo made many life-long and treasured friends throughout his career, many of whom remained in touch after his retirement.

Leo had three children through his first marriage, Sarah (Jurgens) Reif, Emelie Jurgens and Mark Jurgens, whom he loved very much. In 2002, he married Nita (Jones) Jurgens and became stepfather to three more children, Cody (Jennett) Reichart, Luke Jennett and Cole Jennett. He returned to his rural roots and spent his last years living on an acreage outside Polk City.

Leo had many passions in his life. He loved to travel, and his journeys took him to Virginia, Arizona, the Mississippi river, the Canadian backwaters, the Ozarks and even Hawaii. He had a deep and abiding love of history, especially the Civil War era, and visited Gettysburg three times in his life. He loved music and in his later years learned to play the fiddle, participating in jams with other players and playing Oh Suzanna for his grandchildren. He was a life-long supporter of Iowa State University athletics and loved tailgating at football games.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents, his sister and one granddaughter.

He is survived by his wife, children, stepchildren, 11 grandchildren, many cousins and hundreds of good friends.

Online condolences are welcome at IlesCares.com.


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Memorial Service
St. John's Lutheran Church-Madrid
104 South Market Street
Madrid, IA US
Saturday, January 4, 2014
11:00 AM
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Visitation following the Service
St. John's Lutheran Church-Madrid
104 South Market Street
Madrid, IA US
Saturday, January 4, 2014
11:45 AM
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