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Leo Thorvald Jorgensen, 1923-2005


Posted By: Emmet County IAGenWeb Coordinator (email)
Date: 2/10/2009 at 07:12:27

RINGSTRD - Funeral services for Leo Thorvald Jorgensen of Ringsted will be at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Ringsted on Monday, Aug. 15, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Lois D. Knutson officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery in Ringsted. Leo died the 8th of August, 2005 at the Valley Vue Care Center in Armstrong where he has resided since September 2003.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Sunday at Henry-Olson-Fuhrman Funeral Chapel in Ringsted.

Leo was born April 18, 1923 of (Hans) John and Olga (Thomsen) Jorgensen on a farm in Ringsted one mile northwest of town, where he and his family lived until 1937, when they moved southeast of town. Leo was baptized in 1923 and confirmed May 9, 1937 at St John's Lutheran Church. He received his education in the Ringsted schools through 9th grade. Leo stayed at home during the war and helped his father with the farm since his father was in poor health. He also did corn shelling for several neighboring farmers.

On June 14, 1952 Leo was united in marriage at St. Paul's Lutheran Church to Geraldine "Geri" Ostedgaard of Ringsted. They farmed on the John Schultz farm just west of St. John's Lutheran Church for four years, before buying Leo's parents' family farm 2 miles east and 1 miles south of Ringsted. They lived and worked on their farm together for 41 years, over the years having a dairy cow and calf operation, and crop farming, and custom baling, combining, and tree cutting. Leo continued on the farm after Geri's death, until August 2003 when a badly broken leg brought him to the Valley Vue Care Center in Armstrong, where he has resided since. Leo enjoyed motorcycles, cap collecting, and auto racing.

Leo was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council and the Danish American Fellowship.

Survivors include four children:, John A. Jorgensen and wife Kathryn of Woodbury, MN and their children: Sandra, David, and Erik; Dan L. Jorgensen of Ringsted and his children: Josh & Allison Nicoson of Milledgeville GA and Jacob Nicoson of Ames, IA; Connie R. Myers and husband John of Jackson, MN and their children Susanne, Rachel, and Scott; Roger A. Jorgensen and wife Roberta of Lebanon, MO and their children Michelle & Jason Cochran and Tracy Jorgensen; 2 great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law Al Ostedgaard and wife Janice of North Little Rock, AK, and Robert Ribble of Cypress, CA; and sister-in-law Dorothy Riddle of Foristell, MO.

Leo was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 46 1/2 years, Geraldine, two sisters (Viola) Marie Cole, and Kjersti (Thomsen) Andersen, three brothers George, Ervin P., and Stanley T. Jorgensen, and one daughter-in-law Roberta (Nicoson) Jorgensen.


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