Eric Michael Jurgens, 42, of Aberdeen, SD, passed away on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, with family members at his side. Eric fought a courageous battle with cancer and is now finally at rest.
Memorial Service is 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at Schriver’s Memorial Chapel, Aberdeen, with Father Michael Kapperman officiating.
A time of fellowship and luncheon will follow the service at Schriver’s Memorial Fellowship Center.
Burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery at a later date.
Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends may sign the online guestbook and also view the service at www.schriversmemorial.com.
Eric was born June 30, 1979, in Aberdeen, SD, to Michael and Tracy (Schumacher) Jurgens. He attended Howard Hedger Elementary and Holgate Junior High before graduating from Central High School in 1998. Eric and his friends were avid Golden Eagles supporters and could always be seen at sporting events dressed in a wide variety of outfits and hats.
Eric had several jobs while growing up. He worked as a scorekeeper at local softball games, and at Ken’s and Runnings Fleet before entering the electrician trade in 2004. He started a career with Burdette Electric which spanned 18 years, up until the time of his departure. He achieved journeyman status and was a solid and steady worker, well-liked by his fellow workers, several of whom are his best friends.
Eric lived life. He was an outdoorsman and spent countless hours pursuing what he liked to do best. Whether it be camping, fishing, or hunting, he and his friends always enjoyed the harvest. His house was a gathering place where all these wild game feeds would take place and there are many good memories from these times that will be cherished forever. Eric was commonly known by his closest friends as the “Judge.” He was the life of the party and could make anybody laugh. Eric was a musical guy who dabbled with the banjo. Bluegrass was a favorite and he listed to bands like Mumford and Sons and the Band. He also attended many Phish shows throughout his younger years. These trips with his closest friends are something he cherished. He was also a world traveler, celebrating spring break in Canada and backpacking through Scandinavia and Europe. However, he was also a homebody and was perfectly comfortable in his chair, with good friends by his side.
He leaves behind a huge network of friends and acquaintances and will be missed by everyone who ever experienced his smile and easy-going manner. Eric touched countless people’s lives and will be truly missed.
Eric is survived by his parents, Michael and Tracy Jurgens, of Aberdeen; brother Dan; sister, Jennifer; and six nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.
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