Robert W. Jurgensen, 89, of OhioPublished 6:22pm Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Born: May 28, 1924
Died: Sept. 19, 2013
Robert William Jurgensen (Bob) was an advocate for the peaceful use of Nuclear Energy. Bob, age 89, of Worthington, Ohio, joined our Lord God on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 at Saint Ann’s Hospital surrounded by his loving wife Lorraine and children. Bob is survived by his wife of 69 years Lorraine (Gray), children; Eric (Yolanda) Jurgensen, Ingrid (David) Gordon, Christian Jurgensen, and Matthew (Michelle) Jurgensen; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
Bob was a 1942 graduate of Niles High School in Michigan and was a starting player on their basketball and football State Championship teams. He enjoyed all sports, especially attending Clippers games with his baseball buddies. He served in the Army Air Corp during WWII as a B-29 Co-Pilot assigned to the 20th Air Force, 58th Bomb Wing, 462nd Group, 770th Squadron. In 1949, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Michigan State University. After college he worked for American Electric Power (AEP) and was one of the pioneer’s in their Nuclear Power division. Bob oversaw the construction of the Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgeman, Michigan and was the first plant manager. He remained in the nuclear division at AEP until his retirement in 1988. During his time in Michigan he was made a Master Mason at the Niles Masonic Lodge. As a 30 year resident of Worthington he was an active member of All Saints Lutheran Church, VFW Post 2398, China-Burma-India Veterans Association, Columbus Scandinavian Club, Wally Byam Caravan Club International, and a Columbus Crime Stoppers volunteer.
His lifelong commitment to assisting those in need, the church, the community, and this nation has been an inspiration to all that knew him. Bob was an extraordinary person who made a positive difference in the lives of so many people. A Memorial Service was held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 25 at All Saints Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to All Saints Lutheran Church, 6770 High St., Worthington, OH 43085 or a charity of choice. Arrangements by Rutherford-Corbin Funeral Home, Worthington, OH.