GLADSTONE - Jack H. Jorgensen, 63, of Gladstone, was received into the arms of Jesus on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at the Marquette General Hospital in Marquette following complications from pneumonia.
Jack was born Feb. 5, 1948, in Lansing, Mich., the son of Jack H. Sr. and Lydia Mae (Dick) Jorgensen. He was raised in Lansing, Harrison, and Manton, Mich. He graduated from Manton High School class of 1966. While at Manton High School he played basketball. Following graduation, Jack served his country in the U.S. Navy, stationed on the U.S.S. Independence.
Jack was united in marriage to Joy Vanderwal on Dec. 4, 1971, in Cadillac, Mich. They made their home in Gladstone where they raised their three children.
Jack H. Jorgensen
Jack worked for the DNR where he was stationed in Escanaba, Newberry and Wells State Park from 1971 until his retirement in 2002. He served as waterways supervisor and later as parks and recreation supervisor.
Jack was an active member of the Memorial United Methodist Church in Gladstone where he served for many years on the Board of Trustees. He was also a member of the State Employees Retirement Association, U.P. Whitetails Association and the National Wildlife Turkey Federation.
His hobbies included hunting, fishing, trapping, gardening and woodworking. Following his retirement, he turned his woodworking hobby into a second career building custom cabinets and hardwood trim. He also enjoyed cooking and his family fondly remembers his "specialty soups." Jack's family and especially his grandchildren were very important to him and he treasured spending time with them.
In addition to Joy, his wife of 40 years, survivors include his children, Jodi Lynn (Earl) Possi of Rock, Mich., Jason (Suzan) Jorgensen of Brampton, Mich., and Jenny (Chad) Mileski of Wilson, Mich.; brother, Terry (Karen) Jorgensen of Eaton Rapids, Mich.; sisters, Catherine (Ron) Nye of Aberdeen, MS, and Jenifer (Luther) Deace of Brampton, Mich.; grandchildren, Cole and Sierra Possi, Caroline, Jacob and Carter Mileski, Wyatt and Ally Jorgensen; stepfather, Harold VanWyck of Manton, Mich.; mother-in-law, Anna Vanderwal of McBain, Mich.; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, uncles and aunts and many cousins. Surviving in-laws include Linda (Dave) VanHouten and Ev (Bob) Rexford of Cadillac, Mich., Mary (Randy) Gilde of Lake City, Mich., and Dale (Cathy) Vanderwal, Audrey (Jim) Egbert and Bob (Dana) Vanderwal, all of Traverse City, Mich.
In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter, Grace Anna Jorgensen in 2006, and his father-in-law, Sietse Vanderwal.
Jack's family will receive friends on Monday, Jan. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Memorial United Methodist Church in Gladstone. Military rites conducted by the Delta County Veterans Council will conclude the visitation at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Tuesday, Jan. 3, from 11 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. at the Memorial United Methodist Church. Services celebrating the life of Jack H. Jorgensen will follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Elizabeth Hill officiating. Luncheon will follow the service in the Smith Fellowship Hall at Church. Memorial contributions, in memory of Jack, may be directed to the Memorial United Methodist Church Projection Project. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Jorgensen family. Please visit www.skradski-boycefuneralhomes.com where you can express your sympathy to the Jorgensen family, or to leave a memory tribute about Jack.