JOSEPH GREGORY "JOE" JORGENSON

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JOSEPH "JOE" GREGORY JORGENSON Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home Joseph Gregory "Joe" Jorgenson of Kennewick passed away peacefully at Hospice House on April 17, 2017. He was born on October 22, 1927 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the 2nd of 5 children of Joseph and Mary Jorgenson. He attended Catholic schools in Grand Forks until leaving home at 15 to work in Vancouver, Washington. On his 17th birthday, Joe joined the Navy and spent the end of World War II on a heavy cruiser in the Pacific. After being honorably discharged, he returned to Grand Forks where he went to work at the State Mill. While there, he met "a beautiful, auburn-haired young gal" by the name of Elaine Gire. They were married in 1952 and began their lives together in Richland, Washington where Joe worked for GE at Hanford. It was during this time that he decided to continue his education; he was in Columbia Basin College's first graduating class from the 20th Avenue campus. In 1959, GE transferred Joe to San Jose, California and in 1967, the family relocated to Pleasanton, California where Joe worked at GE's Vallecitos plant. During this time, Joe received his BA from San Jose State University. In 1971, GE transferred Joe again, this time to Wilmington, North Carolina and in 1974, back to San Jose. In 1977, Joe left GE and relocated back to Richland, where he began work as a manager at WPPSS. Later on, Joe got his real estate license and did residential appraisals until his 76th birthday. Joe is survived by his wife of 65 years, Elaine; daughters Cathy (Jay) Westby; Caryn (Keith) Brown and Carla (Clint) Frimodt; grandchildren Shane Brown, Cearra Brown and Jonah Frimodt; sisters Sister Dorothy Jorgenson and Lucille (Thorlough) Meier; 6 step-grandchildren and 7 step-great grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Rosalind and his brother Raymond. A Celebration of Life will be held at Catholic Parish of the Holy Spirit in Kennewick on Thursday, April 27th at 11:00 am, followed by a reception and sharing of memories. The Interment of Ashes, with military honors, will be held at Desert Lawn Memorial Park, Kennewick at 2:30 that afternoon. Joe's family wishes to thank all of his doctors (especially Dr. Frank Cole) and nurses at Trios Southridge Hospital, and the staff at Hospice House for their comfort and care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Catholic Parish of the Holy Spirit or to Hospice House. The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at www.muellersfuneral homes.com
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Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home
1401 S. Union St.
Kennewick, WA 99338
(509) 783-9532
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Published in Tri-City Herald on Apr. 25, 2017