Gary L Jurgensen
March 19, 1945 – December 20, 2018
Gary was born in 1945 in Davenport, Washington to Lumarion "Luby" and Lenore "Pete" Jurgensen and with his loving family by his side, passed away on Dec. 20th, 2018 from an aggressive form of prostate cancer. He felt he had an idyllic childhood raised by loving parents, along with his three sisters, and the village of caring relatives in Davenport. Other than not having been able to take swimming lessons because he was working in the hay fields, Gary thought it perfect. He attended Davenport High School, graduating in 1963. He was very involved in school serving as student body president, playing football, running track and having lots of fun. He made the National Honor Society, and attended Boys State. His classmates remained lifelong friends. His cousin, Gene Stuckle, forever inspired Gary, teaching him everything he knew about car restoration and instilling in him his love for antique and classic cars. Gary's first restoration at 15 years of age, was a 1926 Model T Roadster, which he kept and drove for the rest of his life. After high school, he attended WSU joining the AGR fraternity, where he made lasting friendships with his fraternity brothers and had many adventures with them over the years. His summers were spent primarily working on the farm for his uncle, Herman Reinbold. He graduated in 1967 with a degree in Agricultural Economics and then worked in Pullman in the finance dept. of the College of Agriculture. He received an MBA from EWU in 1969 and moved to Indiana working with the JI Case Co. After two years, Gary returned to the Pacific Northwest, working for more than 20 years with the Spokane Bank for Cooperatives dealing with financing agricultural co-ops in the Northwest and Alaska. He was recognized multiple times for his achievements, but he was most proud of the relationships he built with his customers and co-workers. In 1994, he joined Sterling Bank, working with commercial loans for the agricultural industry, retiring in 2009. He was active with the Ag Bureau, Ag Expo, the Junior Livestock Farm Forum and served on the Boards for Riverview nursing home and St. Joseph Family Care Center. He married his true love and veterinarian, Linda Wood, in 2005 and often joked his motive was to reduce his veterinary bills. While that did not work out, the marriage did, and they loved each other for the next 13 years touring in Gary's model T's, A's, and his '68 Firebird, riding Linda's horses, and fishing at their cabin at Twin Lakes, WA. He was an avid runner finishing Bloomsday 31 times, most of those finishes in under an hour. He loved his family, old cars, skiing, camping, fishing, elk camp, hunting, and dachshunds. Gary was a kind, decent, loyal man with a great work ethic, a quick wit and lots of funny sayings. The friends he made along life's journey remained his friends throughout his entire life. He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved sister, Sherry. He is survived by his wife, Linda, his sisters Beverly Strate (Greg) and Vicky VanWaverin, brother-in-law Jim Sorensen, cousins Grant and Gordon Jurgensen, his many other cousins and nieces and nephews who all meant so much to him. Special thanks to the medical community of Spokane-doctors and staff alike, and especially the Providence Health Care System that provided the excellent care that enabled Gary to overcome obstacles that otherwise he could not have. Specific thanks to Dr. Jeff Collins, Dr. Michael Kwasman, and Dr. Srivalli Gopaluni. A celebration of the life of Gary will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations could be directed to the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at WSU or to Hospice of Spokane. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.stratefuneralhome.com for the Jurgensen family. STRATE FUNERAL HOME, Davenport, WA is serving the family. And last, and not least, Gary would say...."Go Cougs"!
Gary L Jurgensen
February 1, 2019
I am so very sorry to hear of Gary's passing. We worked together at Sterling Savings Bank and I could always count on Gary to get me through some tough times, particularly with certain personnel. Gary was always a gentleman, gave great advice, and had a kind, caring heart and I'm sure he will be terribly missed. He was one of my better bosses and the world is not as bright with him absent from it.
I didn't know you, Linda, but if he picked you, you must be pretty wonderful yourself!
January 4, 2019
I worked with Gary at CoBank for 7 years. He was undoubtedly one of the kindest, most decent and supportive people I've ever met. I lived in Davenport during those years, and we had many chats about life in "Daveno-burg" as he called it. We both had Dachshunds at the time and shared stories about our "kids." I ran into Gary and Linda at the Rockwood Bakery a couple of years ago and reconnected a bit. They were in town to deliver Meals on Wheels to pets! I'd never heard of it, but it didn't surprise me that they would be involved in something like that. Here's to great memories of this wonderful man. I was fortunate to know him. My heartfelt sympathy to Linda and all his family.
January 3, 2019
We’re still struggling with Gary’s passing. We loved him so much and could not have found a better man for Linda. The two of you together were so cute, and I still snicker when I remember Gary saying we were stereo💕. What a blessing he has been in the lives of all those who knew him. Love you, my dear sister🙏
Keith and Judy Smith
January 3, 2019
Sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. He was an icon at the lake and always took time to stop and chat and had nothing but kind words. It was obvious Linda, to all, how much you guys cared for one another. He will be sorely missed and be assured he’ll be teaching everyone in heaven how to catch trout. To my Friend Go Cougs!!!
January 2, 2019
I grew up with Gary while he lived in the Seth Woodard/West Valley High School ares....till when they moved to Davenport. We had great times young kids do. I used to stop and see Sherry periodically just to keep in touch. I only have good memories of Gary, Sherry and Beverly and am thankful for their friendship. My condolences to his family. Special memories. RIP Gary
Gayle (Spencer) Jaqueth
January 2, 2019
I am very sorry to hear about Gary's passing. He was indeed a kind, decent man. I remember sitting at the table with him at Sterling Savings Bank cafeteria when he mentioned how he thought his veterinarian was pretty cute. And how he blushed when we teased him about asking her out. He was cautious and private about dating Linda (at least sharing with the gang at Sterling), but I can distinctly recall the joy on his face when he showed us his wedding pictures. I am grateful for the happy years they had together.
Please accept my deepest and heartfelt sympathy for your loss...Gayle
Patty & Jim Mathias
January 2, 2019
Dear Dr. Linda -
We are so sorry for your loss, we know you two loved each other very much. You always spoke of Gary with such affection, even when telling us stories of Gary riding or attempting to ride the the horses.
Love - Patty & Jim Mathias
January 2, 2019
I will always remember Gary as a significant mentor in my early career. He helped me to ask the hard questions, like "Farmer or hobby farmer?" over 9 am coffee. He was so happy with you. Blessings to you.
January 1, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts.
Rich and Sheela Tschirgi
December 30, 2018
We are sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. He will be missed at the lake. We loved his friendliness and enthusiasm for life at the lake. Linda, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Go Cougs!
December 29, 2018
Gary’s firm handshake & smile will certainly be missed. He was a wonderful friend & neighbor who enjoyed many good times & laughter at the lake. He loved his fishing but his yearly boys weekend at the cabin was a recognized highlight of his! His love for Linda was clear, the enjoyment of pets, cars (oh boy, that Firebird is sweet), and a cup of coffee & the opportunity to chat. We’ll miss him!