Milton L. Jorgenson

SWEA CITY, Iowa – A funeral mass for Milton L. Jorgensen, 85, of Swea City will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Ledyard, with Father Sunny Dominic, officiating.

Milton died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at his home in rural Swea City, Iowa.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. today, Tuesday, at Oakcrest Funeral Services of Bancroft with a scripture prayer service beginning at 7 p.m.

Milton Leslie Jorgensen was born Nov. 14, 1927, in Dolliver, Iowa, son of Elmer and Alice (Balmer) Jorgensen. He grew up on a farm and attended school in Swea City and graduated in 1945 from Ledyard High School. Milt then served in the U.S. Navy, being stationed in Georgia. Milt was united in marriage to Patricia McDonald on Dec. 27, 1952, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. They farmed in the Swea City and Ledyard area for over 60 years. Milt was passionate about farming and especially enjoyed collecting antique toy tractors. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling, trap shooting, hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Swea City VFW Post and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patty Jorgensen of Swea City; seven children, Jim (Doreen) Jorgensen of Windom, Minn., Bob Jorgensen of Northfield, Minn., John (Lori) Jorgensen of Fairmont, Minn., Bill (Lora) Jorgensen of Lakeville, Minn., Mary (Jeff) Gelhaus of Algona, Margaret (Greg) Brandt of Algona and Don (Rocio) Jorgensen of Ledyard; 13 grandchildren, Jessica Jorgensen and her husband Theon Jarrett, Andy, Aaron, and Adam Jorgensen, Megan and Evan Jorgensen, Chris, Elijah, and Daniel Gelhaus, Brittany and Patricia Brandt, and Desiree and Dustin Jorgensen; three step-grandchildren, Dani, Mary, and Andrea; and a great-granddaughter, Hayden Jorgensen-Lauby. He is also survived by a brother, Bob (Dorothy) Jorgensen of Swea City; his sister and brother’s in-law, Carmen Jorgensen of Dover, Ark., Eddie Anderson of Des Moines, Ellen (Jim) Kennedy of Dyersville, Rose Gelhaus of Ledyard, Frank McDonald of Seattle, Joan McDonald of California, Phyllis McDonald of Des Moines, and Evelyn McDonald of Mississippi. He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Alice; a sister, Betty Anderson; and two brothers, Bill and Wayne Jorgensen. Online condolences may be made to