Longtime Nikiski resident Wanless Jorgensen died Tuesday, March 22, 2005, at his home. He was 77.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 26, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Viewing will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., prior to services. Bishop Garth Reid will officiate. Additional funeral services will be held in Utah and he will be laid to rest in the Ferron Cemetery in Ferron, Utah.
Mr. Jorgensen was born March 30, 1927, in Emery, Utah. He attended South Central County High School and furthered his education by studying electrical engineering in Wenatchee, Wash., and electronics at the Hill Air Force Base. He entered in the U.S. Army and served during World War II until he was honorably discharged.
He worked for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers on various electrical projects in China, the Caribbean Islands, Greenland and throughout the United States. Some of the projects in Alaska include the White Alice Defense Sites, electrical superintendent of Unocal construction and the Alyeska pipeline construction. He retired from the IBEW in the late 1970s.
Mr. Jorgensen moved to Nikiski in 1959 and was a member of American Legion Post No. 20. He also was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed restoring older cars, woodworking and Bible study.
"Wan relished in watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow and develop. He looked forward to family gatherings, the occasional drop-in and telling a good story. Wan was an inspiration to many people in the community. In his later years, he endeavored to promote jobs and economic development in the wood products industry," his family said.
"Wan was a very spiritual man, he was devoted in the word of God. His desire was to share the knowledge of the Bible and his faith with his family and friends. Wan was devoted to his wife, Colleen. He will dearly be missed."
Mr. Jorgensen was preceded in death by his father, John Jorgensen; mother, Jenny Jorgensen; and 14 brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Colleen Jorgensen of Nikiski; daughters, Sammie Dillard of Phrump, Nev., and Eleanor Huntsman of Nikiski; sons, Creig, Dale and Gale Jorgensen, all of Nikiski; foster sons, Robert, Dale, Jimmy and Kenny Lewis; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; sisters, Maggie Hansen of Emery and Donna Hughs of Boise, Idaho.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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