A funeral mass for Perry R. Juergensen of Glendale, AZ, formerly of Morris, MN will be held at the Assumption Catholic Church in Morris Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. Father Todd Schneider will be officiating. Visitation will be prior to services beginning at 9:00 a.m. with burial following at Calvary Cemetery at Morris, MN.
Perry Richard Juergensen, son of George T. Juergensen and Vivian H. (Richards) Juergensen was born on April 25, 1938 at Morris, MN. He was baptized at the First Lutheran Church at Morris, attended Morris Public Schools and graduated from the West Central School of Agriculture at Morris in 1956. Following graduation, he entered the Air Force. He was united in marriage to Rosella Sauter at the Assumption Catholic Church, Morris on June 4, 1957. They made their first home at Langley Air Force Base in Hamption, VA. Following his discharge in 1960, he went to Meat Cutting School and worked for his father as Meat Department Manager at Juergensen's Super Valu in Morris. In 1964, he went to work for Wilson Meat Company as a meat salesman in Waconia, MN. He later became a District Sales Manager and moved to the Wilson Headquarters in Albert Lea, MN. In 1971, his father retired from the grocery business and he and Rosie returned to Morris to continue the legacy of Juergensen's Super Valu. In 1983, they sold the business and moved to Phoenix, AZ. and began a career in real estate, where he was an active realtor with Desert Vista Sales and Rentals until his death.
Perry was a born salesman and loved working with people. He never met a stranger. He was an avid fisherman and hunter and proud to pass his hunting skills and stories on to his family. He especially treasured the times he was with them on elk hunts in New Mexico and fishing trips to Canada. Perry was a Mason, Shriner and Jester in the Shrine. He was also a member of the American Legion and Eagles.
In 2000, Perry and Rosie purchased a lake home on Leech Lake at Walker, MN to spend the summers near their children and grandchildren. It was here that he passed away unexpectedly on June 10, 2014, at the age of 76, enjoying what he loved to do.
He is survived by wife, Rosie, of 57 years, Glendale, AZ; two sons: Richard (Lynne) of Minnetonka, MN and Kurt (Nancy) of Hutchinson, MN; one daughter: Marcia Olson (Jim) of Peoria, AZ; seven grandchildren: Josh (Debbie) Juergensen, Lauren Juergensen, Justin (Nikki) Juergensen, Alex Juergensen, Aubrey Janovec, Jenna Juergensen and Jayden Juergensen; one great-granddaughter Brooklyn Juergensen; two brothers: Larry (Ilona) of Chisago City, MN and James (Mandy) of Mesa, AZ; sister: Mary Chick of Peoria, AZ; brother-in-law: Willie (Margie) Sauter of Morris; sisters-in-law: Dorothy Meyer of Jefferson, OR, Irene Sauter of Pine City, MN, Caroline Woolridge, Catherine Logan, Dolores Koplin and Lorraine Woolridge all of Morris; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents George T. and Vivian H. Juergensen; in-laws: William J. and Catherine A. Sauter; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Harold and Marie (Sauter) Meyer, Bernard Sauter, Joe Sauter, Vernon Meyer, Wallace Woolridge, Eugene and Eleanor (Sauter) Logan, Jack Koplin and Ronald Woolridge.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Heart Association, Shriners Hospital or charity of your choice.
Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of arrangements. To send condolences to the family please visit www.pedersenfh.com.