James Byron Jurgens, 81, of Arthur, Illinois, died peacefully in on March 18, 2023. He was born on December 31,1941 in Urbana to Ervin L. Jurgens and Dorothy B. Jurgens.
He attended Arthur High School, Culver Academy, Northwestern University (’64), and the University of Illinois Law School (’67).
Mr. Jurgens’ life revolved around dedication to work and his own beloved family. His first career of 32 years was spent at the First National Bank of Chicago in the Law Department. After that he embarked on a second career of almost 20 years in the State Bank of Arthur, following in his father’s footsteps.
He found great satisfaction in thoroughly throwing himself into his job and doing it in the best way he could. Only COVID-19 sent him into retirement at the age of 78.
Mr. Jurgens adored his family, and family holidays and trips were the highlight of his life. He also loved Arthur, from his nurturing experience in the Class of 1960 with great classmates to his return to live on the actual prairie in his Prairie style, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired house.
Jim raved about the view, marveling in its picturesque flat expanse of blue sky and fertile farmland. He did indeed use the talents he was given to work hard and to “cultivate his own garden.”
Mr. Jurgens is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia; son David (Mary) Jurgens of Sanibel Island, Florida; daughter Jennifer (Thomas) Murphy of Charleston, South Carolina; daughter Kathryn Lofy of Kirkland, Washington; and son Michael (Melissa) Jurgens of Riverside; his grandchildren, Jack Jurgens, Hailey Jurgens, Taylor Jurgens, Gavin Murphy, Parker Murphy, Connor Lofy, Kyle Lofy, Ella Jurgens, Henry Jurgens and Hazel Jurgens; and one sister, Janet Winningham, of Arcola.
Visitation is on Friday, March 31 from 4-6 p.m. at the Arthur United Methodist Church, 128 E. Illinois St. in Arthur. His life will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on April 1 at the Arthur United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Arthur Home in Jim’s memory, 423 Eberhardt Drive, Arthur, Illinois, 61911. The staff there patiently cared for Jim and supported Patty.
Shrader Funeral Home, Arthur, handled arrangements.
Online condolences may be shared at hilligossshraderfh.com.