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Memories of Papa

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S: Harold E. H. Juergens 1927-1987

BC: Papa loved so many things that reminded him of his childhood. I will always remember how much he loved driving his horses.

1: Harold Ernest Henry Juergens was born on July 27, 1927 in Ladysmith, WI to Louis and Minnie Juergens. He was the 10th child out of 14 children (and the 9th out of 11 boys). When his four brothers were drafted, he dropped out of school so he could work on the farm (he did later obtain his GED). Although he never had to go to war, he did get his draft papers in 1945. He would often tease that when Hitler heard he was coming, he gave up! He later moved to WA where he worked with his brothers on a dairy farm. He met Lynette Pierre and they married on July 1, 1967. Together they bought a 15 cow farm, and transformed it into a dairy farm of more than 400 cows, a processing plant and later built a convenience store/gas station. They had a family of ten children, as he would often tease, "If my parents didn't have at least ten, then I wouldn't be here, so..." He was so proud of his family. Harold was called into his heavenly home on October 6, 1987. It was a tragic tractor accident that took everyone by surprise. We were so sad to lose him, but would often tease that he must be having a great time talking theology with Martin Luther. I can't possibly begin to summarize his life on this page (or even this book), except to say that he was loved and respected by many. This book is a collection of some of the memorabilia I've collected. He is loved and missed by all who knew him. Rebecca Juergens Strom, 2012

2: Louis Juergens married Wilhelmina Roemke on April 28th, 1912. They were married for 64 years when Minnie died of caner in 1976. Louis died a year later in 1977. | They had fourteen children: Walter, Gerhardt, Martin, Emil, Karl, Ernest, Adolph, Clara, Paul, Harold, Louis, Minnie, Marie, and Edwin (who died as an infant of spina bifida). Papa was so proud of his family and where he came from.

3: Harold and Lynette were married on July1, 1967. Their first child, Carolyn, was born on July 2nd, 1968. They would often joke that Carolyn might have been born on the their anniversary, if Lynette didn't have to wait for Harold to finish milking the cows before he could drive her to the hospital.

4: Papa loved many things, but none more than his church and his family. He was so proud of his loving wife and his ten children: Carolyn, Paul, Rebecca, Laurie, Valerie, Harold Jr, Katherine, Louis, Leah and Walter.

6: The farm was their dream. After many, many years of hard work they not only had a large prospering dairy but they also bottled and sold their milk in stores all over the state.

7: The dairy mart was their next dream.

9: I remember being at Rick and MaryJane Kortum's "Maier Retreat" and helping in the assembly line with this book. We put them in envelopes and got them ready to mail. It was such a labor of love for Papa.

10: Papa's confirmation verse: Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His Might. Ephesians 6:10. It brought such strength to those who read it while visiting the cemetery. God has a plan that we don't need to understand. We just trust.

11: After Laurie's wedding in 1998, we realized that we hadn't all been at the cemetery at the same time since the funeral. We stopped by to visit together.

12: These are scanned articles from different issues of the Christian News.

14: The 14 spoke wagon wheel represents the Louis and Minnie Juergens family. It is so sad to see more white spokes than red.

20: I remember being so proud for Papa that so many people loved him and wanted to donate money in his memory.

21: Although we often don't understand God's plan, we are grateful that our life is in His hands rather than our own. We miss Papa dearly, but know that he is in a much better place.We look forward to seeing him again someday when we are also called home to be with Jesus.

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