Roy Jorgensen

Roy Jorgensen
Roy Jorgensen, 89, son of Peter and Anna (Simonson) Jorgensen, was born Aug. 10, 1918 in Yankton. He went to be with the Lord on Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008 at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

Roy attended school in Yankton graduating from Yankton High School in 1936. He attended business school in Sioux City and was employed by Gurney Seed and Nursery and the American State Bank of Yankton.

On Feb. 6, 1943, Roy married Helen Newell, in Aberdeen. This was the beginning of their 65-year marriage.


To serve his country in World War II, Roy and several friends enlisted in the Signal Corps on Sept. 2, 1943. He was attached to the Far Eastern Air Force. He spent 27 months in New Guinea, on Biak Island, where his duties included repairing aircraft radar and radios as they returned from combat. They worked diligently to upgrade their abilities in the latest search and rescue equipment. His interest in radio and electronics was to become his life's career.

Roy returned to his home in Yankton on Christmas eve in 1945 to greet his 21-month old daughter, Ann, in person, for the first time. Their sons, Jim and Steve, were born in 1948 and 1957. Roy's life was committed to his family and to the Lord. Roy's family were members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton and Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, after their move.

He worked in radio and television for the next 42 years, beginning at Lehman Radio in Yankton, where he witnessed the introduction of television to this region. In 1967 he began his career with South Dakota Public Broadcasting, based in Vermillion. He and his family moved to Vermillion in 1968. He was an avid ham radio operator (W0MMQ) and life-long member of the Prairie Dog Amateur Radio Club and the American Radio Relay League.

He was also an active member of the Lions Club in Vermillion and was recently recognized for his service by receiving the Melvin Jones Fellow Award.

Roy and Helen enjoyed 65 years of married life together and were blessed with three children, Ann (Ken) Froelich, Spearfish, Jim (Kinuko) Jorgensen, Midwest City, OK, and Steve (Ginny) Jorgensen, Rochester, MN; eight grandchildren, Scott, Lori, Matt, Joel, Chad, Bethany, Janelle and Mark; and three great- grandchildren, Aspen, Ashley and Maria. His parents and two half-sisters preceded him in death.

The memory of his kindness, gentleness, and loyalty to his many friends will forever be a part the many lives he touched and will be passed forward in his departure. Roy enjoyed life and all of the people he was favored to meet and work with. We have all enjoyed him as well.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 26 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion, with burial of ashes at a later date. Visitation was Tuesday, March 25 beginning at 5 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. all at the church.

For online condolences and obituary please visit hansenfuneralhome.com.

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