Marvin J. Jorgenson, age 85, of Cottage Grove, MN.
Marv passed away on October 24, 2022. Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM with visitation beginning at 9 AM on Friday, December 9, Church of St. Rita, 8694 80th St. S., Cottage Grove, MN 55016. Interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery, St. Paul, MN.
Marvin ”Marv” J. Jorgenson, age 85 of Cottage Grove, MN, passed away on Monday, October 24, 2022. He was born the son of Melvin and Violet Jorgenson on January 8, 1937 in Grand Forks, ND. As the oldest of 10 siblings, he helped his family in several ways including financially by running paper routes in the cold North Dakota winters and learning how to cook family meals. These characteristics were carried throughout his lifetime.
Marv graduated from Grand Forks Central High School in 1955, and enlisted in Navy as an aircraft mechanic, working on the F9F-6 on the Essex CVA-9. Marv continued to support his family, sending money home to help make ends meet. Those who knew Marv well, understood as he traveled, shenanigans followed closely behind.
After serving the Navy for four years, Marv worked multiple jobs in the twin city metro area ranging from a printing press to a diesel mechanic. Marv enjoyed dancing and met his wife Ramona at the Prom Ballroom in Saint Paul. Marvin and Ramona were married on August 23, 1964 and had four children: Richard, Jay, John, and Denise.
Marv attended Dunwoody Technical College for aircraft mechanics and went on to work and retire from Northwest Airlines. While working for Northwest Airlines, Marv and Ramona enjoyed their travel benefits visiting family and friends via airplanes and cruise ships.
As a father, Marv enjoyed teaching his kids how to fix cars, spending many hours under the hood, attending baseball and softball games, teaching math via many games of cribbage, as well as a co-leading several boy scout troops, where he was nicknamed “Bearman”.
After retirement Marv enjoyed spending time with Ramona in Arizona as snowbirds. Marv volunteered at the Pima Air&Space Museum, with the local Boy Scout troop, and enjoyed carving walking sticks.
Known as a jokester with a suspicious grin, and teller of Dad jokes, a famous quip of his was “Have fun until I see you again, and if I never see you again, you will always have fun.”
Marv was preceded in death by his wife, Ramona, son, Richard; parents, Melvin and Violet Jorgenson; and brothers Melvin, William, and Mark and sisters Laura Gust, and Sara Hansen. He is survived by sons, Jay (Jeri) and John (Kellie); daughter, Denise; granddaughters, Isabelle and Kjirsten; brothers Robert and Kenneth, sisters Margaret Fish, Donna Morrison, and Katherine Gray and many other family members and dear friends.