James “Jim” Vernon Jurgensmier, 78, of Heartwell, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 at his home.
James was born on Jan.14, 1941 in Hastings to Charles B. and Helen K. (Weber) Jurgensmier.
He grew up in the Heartwell area and attended school in Heartwell and later graduated from Minden High School.
On Aug. 27, 1966, he was united in marriage to Loretta A. Brown in Heartwell and to this union four children were born: Cheri, Alan, Cathy, and Stacey. The family made their home in Heartwell.
Jim was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Heartwell Lion’s Club, Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Heartwell Village Board, and the Kearney Area Concerned Citizens.
Jim started cooking meat in a smoker he built in the early 90s. He became well known in the area for the amazing meat he cooked. Jim kept very busy catering numerous weddings, graduations and family events. His turkey was loved the most. He took pride in cooking the turkey for the Thanksgiving dinners served by the Kearney Area Concerned Citizens. He also provided the concessions for the Gibbon Tractor Pull for the last 10 years.
Jim was very active in the village of Heartwell, where he could often be found mowing or fixing something for the village.
Jim farmed until the mid 80s. He then started work at Cargill in Heartwell. During his time at Cargill he worked in Heartwell, Gibbon, and Kearney. He later went to work for B-4 Grain when they took over for Cargill in Kearney. Jim retired from B-4 Grain twice. He then began working seasonally for Aurora Cooperative…he simply didn’t know how to quit working.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Loretta Jurgensmier of Heartwell; son, Alan (Carol) Jurgensmier of Grand Island; daughters, Cheri Theesen of Grand Island, Cathy (Jon) Dunham of Marshalltown, Iowa, and Stacey (Frank) Hromadka of Kearney; grandchildren, Andrew (Miranda), Sara, David, Jeanel (Clint), Bryce, Matthew, Jaden, Kiara, Tyler, Marissa, Cody, Wyatt; great-grandchildren, Cecilia, and Josie; brother, Don (Kate) Jurgensmier of Miami, Fla.; as well as a host of extended relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ed Jurgensmier, and sister-in-law, Marge Jurgensmier.
Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Heartwell with the Rev. Julius Tvrdy officiating.
Interment was held following services at the Holy Family Catholic Cemetery near Heartwell.
Memorials in Jim’s honor are kindly suggested to the family for later designation.
Tributes of memory can be shared with the family at www.craigfunerals.com
Craig Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.