Karl Jurgens II
Karl Jurgens II
Karl Jurgens II
Karl Jurgens II
Karl Jurgens II

Obituary of Karl George Jurgens II

Karl George Jurgens II was born on December 18, 1959, and sadly passed away from chronic heart failure on March 21, 2023, in Lacey, Washington.

Karl was born to Karl Jurgens and Bernadene (Johnson) Jurgens. He is survived by his wife, Linda (Covert) Jurgens; and their blended family of five children, Jennifer Holmes (her husband, Maurice), Aaron Pape (his wife, Brittany), Lance Jurgens (his wife, Abbey), Casey Thomte (her husband, Sean), Annie Kennish (her wife, Shirelle); his siblings, Laura, Ida, Julie, and Willy; and his parents.

Karl was blessed with eight grandchildren, Karlos, Isaiah, Ashlyn, Mason, Connor, Jenevieve, Colton, and Freyja.

Karl spent most of his time in Thurston County. He raised his family there and graduated from North Thurston High School in 1979. Karl, known by his friends and family as Butch, was a giant teddy bear who loved his family and made friends easily. Karl was known for his large stature, hands that his grandmother loved, and huge loving heart. He was a happy man, who loved to make everyone feel welcomed and at home, an open-heart policy if you would. It didn’t matter if you spent 15 minutes talking to him, he would consider you a friend. If you called him up in the middle of the night, he would run to you. He would jump in his RIG, a RIG he would decorate with stickers, bells, tackle boxes, and fishing rods. He would be at your doorstep ready.

Karl was a simple man; give him a fishing rod and the cool breeze on a foggy morning. He would sit there feeling the boat slosh in the water just waiting to find the perfect spot to cast a line and wait for the fish to bite. He was proud of his skill as a fisherman. He loved to teach others, even strangers, how to fish. Being the generous, caring person Karl was, he spotted an elderly man attempting to fish one last time. Karl went out of his way, had a fish on the line, and allowed the man to real-it in and keep the fish.

He loved animals, as well as people, and was always befriending even the shyest animals out there.

Karl was a camping enthusiast and race car lover in his younger days. He continued this passion with his sons and daughters, who share it with their children. You could count that Karl would be at the races with his family on Saturday nights, watching them go, waiting for some action on the tracks.

With a simple man, came simple words. Hearing “I love you,” “Good job,” “Hey, that’s great” was the best thing in the world. We will forever miss hearing these words.


Celebration of Life

Karl didn’t want a funeral, he wanted a celebration of life.  For that, we are gathering on June 10, 2023, 2:00 p.m. at Mayfield Lake/Horizon Campgrounds, 180 Beach Road, Mossyrock, WA 98564.

To send Karl off wouldn’t be correct if we didn’t cast a line into the lake and wait for that bite. Karl could live on the lake all day. I have never met a man not to eat or drink or pee for 12+ hours while sitting on a little boat feeling the wind slosh the boat around, line in the water, sun on his face. That was his happy place.

For food, our giant teddy bear loved German food, so why not have some bratwurst with sauerkraut, hot German potato salad, and German chocolate cupcakes?

Please bring your fishing rod and some of your favorite tackle. We will eat his favorite food; listen to his favorite songs, including Elvira, the Oakridge boys, Grandpa, by the Judds, and Lights in Northern Town, by Little Big Town; and send him off the way he always wanted.

In addition, we will be burning letters for Karl to read above. Please consider writing him one.

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