NAPLES, Fla. – William Grove “Bill” Jurkens, 88, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, formerly of Edina and Bloomington, Minnesota, passed away early in the morning of Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Naples.
Bill was born and grew up in Sterling. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, where he met the woman who would become his wife. Upon graduation in 1953, he entered the Navy, where he served 2 years aboard the destroyer USS Warrington as gunnery officer. He was awarded a commendation for outstanding performance of duty after a collision with another ship on Jan. 10, 1955.
Shortly after discharge from the Navy, Bill started his business career in automatic car washing with his brother, John. Together they owned and operated several Octopus car washes around the country. He was a long-time active member of the Automatic Car Wash Association, having earned several awards for outstanding service to the industry, and served two years as president. He loved traveling the world, and always sought to check off places and adventures that were on his bucket list.
Bill was a people person who seemed to make friends with everyone he met. He was adored by his many nieces and nephews, and happily accepted their title for him of “Favorite Uncle!” Bill will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marjorie “Marge” Davis Jurkens; one brother, Edward Jurkens, Air Force retired of Honolulu; sisters-in-law, Lorey Jurkens of Sterling and Alice Jurkens of Albuquerque, New Mexico; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Ida; brothers, Robert, John, and Frances Jurkens; and recently, a nephew, Jeffrey Jerkins.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., and the celebration of life at 11 a.m. July 17 at the Chapel of Washburn-McReavy Funeral Home in Eden Prairie. Interment will be after at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice.