Jason “JJ” Jurgens, age 47, of Corona, SD, passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2022, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer.
Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at American Lutheran Church in Milbank, SD. Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 28, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Mundwiler Home in Milbank and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.
The service will be livestreamed and recorded and will be viewable at the bottom of this page.
Jason Timothy Jurgens was born on July 18, 1975, in Milbank, SD, to parents, Timothy and Donna (Buchele) Jurgens. He attended school in Milbank and graduated from Milbank High School with the Class of 1993. Following high school, Jason attended three years of college at South Dakota State University.
Living in the Milbank area his whole life, Jason made a change and moved to Wilmot, SD, in 1999. He relocated from Wilmot to Corona, SD, in 2006 and made Corona his home until his passing. Jason worked various jobs, worked at Jurgens Implement, and gained employment at Unzen Motors until his illness no longer allowed for him to work.
On December 8, 2001, Jason was united in marriage with Kathy Winge at First Presbyterian Church in Wilmot, SD, and he gained a son, Troy Winge. Together, Jason and Kathy had two more sons: Brock and Wyatt.
Jason was a proud member of the Corona Fire Department, the Corona Community Club, and Sons of the American Legion. He enjoyed hunting and fishing whenever he had the opportunity. Jason was an enthusiastic collector of toy tractors and loved going to auction sales. He was a die-hard fan of the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Braves. In Jason’s opinion, there was nothing better than a Chevy, especially if it was a truck.
Jason’s health struggles began early in his life when he was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Later, he was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis and doctored for several years and the University of Minnesota and Shriner’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN. In 2020, Jason received a liver transplant and was later diagnosed with cancer. At a time that can be very difficult to get through, many families of organ donors take consolation in knowing their loved one helped save other lives. Becoming a donor can make a difference in improving the quality of life for many people.
Left to cherish Jason’s memory are his wife, Kathy of Corona, SD; sons: Troy Winge of Wilmot, SD; Brock Jurgens of Corona, SD; and Wyatt Jurgens of Camp Lejeune, NC; adopted children: Zoe Barse of Ortonville, MN; Thomas Steltz of Milbank, SD; Gabby Larson of Watertown, SD; and Anthony Conrad of Watertown, SD; parents, Tim and Donna Jurgens of Milbank, SD; sisters: Michele (John) Rader of Fargo, ND; and Kim (Shane) Haugen of Dilworth, MN; brother, Chris (Racheal) Jurgens of Princeton, TX; father-in-law, Clayton Winge of Wilmot, SD; sister-in-law, Kim (Jason) Veen of Big Stone City, SD; brother-in-law, Jim (Jen) Lohr of Sioux Falls, SD; nieces: Brooklyn Lohr, Dayla Veen, Haley Ehlebracht, Maddi Haugen, and Joey Rose Jurgens; nephews: Dylan Veen, Dustin Veen, Jack Haugen, Lucas Haugen, Grant Rader, and Clayton Lohr; along with many uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Arnold and Angeline Jurgens; maternal grandparents, Harry and Lizzetta Buchele; godfather, Leon Jurgens; mother-in-law, Dorothy Winge; and brother-in-law, Timothy Winge.