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1120 E. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
Fax: 605-624-2931
Donald Jorgensen

Donald Lewis "Don" Jorgensen

Thursday, July 31st, 1930 - Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
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Donald Lewis Jorgensen, 89, passed away on February 25, 2020 at Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Viborg, SD.
Don was born July 31, 1930 to Lewis and Esther (Nielsen) Jorgensen at home, rural Hurley, SD.
Don joined the US Marine Corp and served in the Korean War Conflict from January 1952 to December of 1953 as a photographer. Upon returning from Korea, he started working in the telephone business for an independent contractor. This led to employment with Dakota Cooperative Telephone Company. He proudly worked here for 35 years until he retired at the age of 62.
Don married Arlis Leone Madsen on May 18, 1955 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Viborg, SD. They soon moved to Irene, SD and to this union were born three children. Don and Arlis were members of Calvary Lutheran Church during their time in Irene. Don and Arlis moved to Yankton, SD, prior to his retirement and joined Christ the King Lutheran Church. Don loved being in Yankton where he could easily enjoy his favorite pastimes, fishing, trapping and trading stories with the morning coffee group at Paul’s Kwik Stop. Arlis passed away on March 22, 2010. Don moved to Viborg in February of 2015.
Don was a true believer in service to others. During his lifetime, he volunteered his services to church, City Council, the Irene Fire Department, Bluebirds Across Nebraska and as Scoutmaster.
Don’s memory is cherished by his children: Candice (Darrell) Osborn of Centerville, SD; Rex (Janna) Jorgensen of Custer, SD and Todd (Kim) Jorgensen of Yankton, SD. He is also survived by grandchildren: Jennifer (Casey) Slack, Marisa (Steve) Ladd, Benjamin Osborn, Joni (Dustin) Van Essen, Jason Jorgensen (Matt Kroonblawd), MJ Jorgensen, (Amy Gooch), Elizabeth Jorgensen (Ryan Thurm), Ryan Jorgensen; great grandchildren: Landon and Briana Slack, Tyson and Savannah Ladd, Dawson and Dannika VanEssen; and sister, Rita Peterson, sister-in-law Maxine Brockmueller and special friend, Shirley Jensen.
Don was preceded in death by his wife, Arlis; parents, Lewis and Esther; and his sister, Judith.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 1st, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sunday, March 1st, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Hansen Funeral Home
    A prayer service will begin at 7:00pm.
  • Service

    Monday, March 2nd, 2020 | 10:30am
    Monday, March 2nd, 2020 10:30am
    Calvary Lutheran Church
    225 East Main Street
    IRENE, SD 57037
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    Pastor Mark Ostrem
  • Interment

    Hillcrest Cemetery
    SD Hwy 46
    IRENE, SD 57037
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  • Reception

    Calvary Lutheran Church
    225 East Main Street
    IRENE, SD 57037
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Kevin Jensen

Posted at 09:59pm
Mr. and Mrs Jorgensen encouraged me to go to seminary and as a Lutheran pastor for 25 years I always appreciated their love, support and prayers. May God add a special blessing of their memory to all their grieving relatives and friends.
> Pastor Kevin Jensen

Candice Osborn Posted at 10:28pm

Thank you Kevin. So nice to hear. Candice


Posted at 03:52pm
I am so sorry for your great loss. May the God who “binds up the brokenhearted” and “comforts all who mourn” sustain your family during this challenging time. (Isaiah 61:1, 2 NWT)

With heartfelt sympathy,

Sandy & Dean Lockwood, Loren & Debbie, Allison & B

Posted at 04:09pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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