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Gerold D. Jorgenson, 80

Gerold D. Jorgenson, 80, of Cottage Grove, formerly of River Falls, Wis., passed away on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008 at the Lutheran Home in River Falls following a lengthy illness.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at Kok Funeral Home in Cottage Grove, with the Reverend Jules Erickson, officiating. Burial will be in Cottage Grove Cemetery. Friends called from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home on Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Gerold D. Jorgenson was born Nov. 23, 1928, in New Richmond, Wis., the son of Orville and Edith (Gilstad) Jorgenson. He grew up in River Falls and graduated from River Falls High School, lettering in all sports and setting the state record in Wisconsin for most yards per carry in football. He was united in marriage to Ruth Karnes on November 18, 1961, in River Falls. The couple made their home in Cottage Grove, Minn. and he worked as a machinist for 3M Company, retiring in 1989. In 2006, he moved to the Christian Community Center in Hudson and recently moved to the Lutheran Home in River Falls. Gerold loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was an avid Packer fan and enjoyed sports and traveling.

Gerold is survived by his sons; Gary (Denise) Karnes of Woodbury, Greg (Becky) Karnes of Afton, his daughter, Sheila (Jeff) Billstein of Woodbury; six grandchildren, Bonnie, Kevin, Ben, Joe, Laura and Brad; six great-grandchildren, Hailey, Gavin, Mya, Jacob, Eric and Colton; also by his niece, Marcy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, and brother, Richard.

Arrangements by Kok Funeral Home, (651) 459-2875.