Donald Hans JorgensonDonald Hans Jorgenson, 93, of Great Falls, a World War II Army veteran and field supervisor for the St. Paul Insurance Company, died of natural causes Thursday, May 5, 2011, at a local assisted living facility.
Donald Hans Jorgenson, 93, of Great Falls, a World War II Army veteran and field supervisor for the St. Paul Insurance Company, died of natural causes Thursday, May 5, 2011, at a local assisted living facility.
Donald was born December 9, 1917, to Hans and Annie Jorgenson in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where he was raised and educated. In 1939, he graduated from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks with a business degree. He enlisted in the Army in December 1940, and served in the military band where he played the French horn. He was honorably discharged in 1945 with the rank of sergeant.
He married Blanche Vivian McDaniel in 1947 in Bemidji, MN. Don and Blanche were married for more than 60 years until her death on March 9, 2009.
After the war, Don went back to UND in Grand Forks, earning his law degree in 1948. He immediately began working as a lawyer, adjusting liability claims in Fargo, ND, for the St. Paul Insurance Co. In 1951, he was transferred to Minot, ND, as a special agent for the company. In 1966, Don came to Great Falls as a field supervisor for the St. Paul, a position he held until retiring in 1980.
Don played the French horn in the municipal band in Minot. He was an active member and served on the council of Our Savior's Lutheran Church. He belonged to the Elks Club, the American Legion, Lion's Club and the Masons.
Don had many interests, including bowling, photography, fishing and boating, playing cards with his family and beating his grandkids in a game of tennis. But his greatest interest was building a log cabin at Seeley Lake so his family could spend time together. And what enjoyable memories we made there!
He was a devoted family man. Sunday afternoons the family jumped in the car and headed off to see the sights of the city. The trip always ended with a stop for ice cream. Every year he planned a two-week vacation where the entire family would participate.
Survivors include his daughter, Robin (Jerry) Goroski of Great Falls; sons Brett Jorgenson of Richland, WA, and Reed (Deb) Jorgenson of Sauk Rapids, MN; and six grandchildren, Patrick and Angie Goroski, Katie and Kaleigh Jorgenson and Joe and Maggie Jorgenson.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Earl and Leon Jorgenson.
The family would like to thank Peace Hospice and the Bee Hive House No. 2 for their wonderful care. Special thanks to Barb, Dee, Tessa and Connie for adding so much love and laughter to dad's life in his final months.
Memorials are suggested to Peace Hospice, 1101 26th Ave. S., Great Falls, MT 59405 or Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1326 1st Ave. N., Great Falls, MT 59401.
Private family services will take place Monday, May 16, 2011, in Great Falls.
Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Condolences for the family may be left on line at www.schniderfuneralhome.com.