Timothy Jorgensen

Timothy L. Jorgensen, 73, of River Forest, died on Oct. 13, 2019. Born on June 19, 1946, he grew up in Stevensville, Michigan, and was a graduate of Lakeshore High School. Living on Lake Michigan he enjoyed many summers on Glenlord Beach as well as fishing trips to Minnesota. After high school, he moved to Chicago where he attended college and worked full time for a mortgage company. During that time, he was drafted into the Vietnam War. Following his service in the Air Force, he began his career in the insurance industry and owned the Jorgensen Insurance Agency for the next 44 years. He met Nancy in 1974 at a ski club, and they were married in 1977. Together they continued to enjoy ski trips, sailing, and playing tennis with many friends at the River Forest Tennis Club. He always had a love for fishing and took annual fishing trips to Canada with his son, Erik, where they caught many Northern Pike.

He coached Erik’s Little League team, instilling character into the young men, creating fun contests, and executing the tricky trip play that brought them to a championship. He was on the speaking board of the Midwest Creation Society and was invited to speak at many Chicago area schools. Tim would take Kari and Erik on fossil hunting trips as children and was an avid supporter and participant with Answers in Genesis and the founding of the Creation Museum in Kentucky. He served as a deacon at Westchester Bible Church, where he and Nancy were married, before joining Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park, where he taught multiple classes on creation science. Tim and Nancy were most recently members of Village Church in Oak Park where Tim developed several friendships, including his Tuesday morning men’s breakfast meetings. 

When Kari and Erik were in high school, Tim and Nancy built a summer/retirement home with beautiful views of Lake Michigan near the town where Tim grew-up. He spent many summers at this home relaxing on the beach, boating, fishing, and entertaining friends from across the country. 

While his golf game and the Chicago Bears tried his patience and temper, he had a kind and easy-going spirit. He was always telling a joke and found joy in making others smile and laugh. 

Tim Jorgensen was the husband of Nancy (nee Boggess); the father of Kari and Erik Jorgensen; the brother of Nancy and Duane (Launa) and the late Jack (the late Vann) Jorgensen; the son-in-law of Ann and the late Thomas Boggess; the brother-in-law of Thomas (Sandy) Boggess; and the uncle and friend of many. 

Visitation and services were held on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, followed by interment at Mt. Emblem Cemetery.

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