Kenneth Warren Jorgensen

Kenneth Warren Jorgensen, 92 of Zelienople, formerly of Ellwood City and Alexandria, passed away at Allegheny General Hospital on Monday, July 19, 2021.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 13, 1928, Kenneth was the son of the late Johannes and Evangeline Harnes Jorgensen.  At the age of 17, Kenneth enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.  After boot camp, Kenneth was assigned to Camp David where he had the honor to guard both President Truman and President Eisenhower.  While stationed in Washington D.C., he met Leatrice Koach on The Mall, who later became his wife of 70 years.  Leatrice passed away on February 6, 2019.  After his discharge from the Marine Corps, Kenneth graduated from Eckles College of Embalming at Temple University in Philadelphia.  He was employed by Joseph Gawlers & Sons in Washington D.C. from 1959 until his retirement in 1993.  While at Gawlers, Kenneth had the privilege to serve many of our country’s leaders.  He conducted the funeral service for President Woodrow Wilson’s wife, Edith.  He was also at the White House with Jacqueline Kennedy the evening of the assassination of President Kennedy to help arrange his state funeral.  That same evening, he was at the Naval Observatory where he oversaw the preparation of President Kennedy’s body.

A loving father, Kenneth is survived by his 3 daughters, Vicki Jorgensen of Alexandria, VA, Melanie (C.M. Callahan) Jorgensen of Jonesville, VA and Heidi Jorgensen-Murphy of Sun City Center, FL, 2 grandchildren, Sean (Amy) Jorgensen Callahan of Salt Lake City, UT and Caitlin Jorgensen Callahan of Knoxville, TN and a great granddaughter, Eliza Leigh Callahan.

Besides his parents and wife, Kenneth was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Brian Murphy and a nephew, Richard Burns.

An Interment Service will be held at Lillyville Church Cemetery on Saturday, July 24 at 10 A.M. for both Kenneth and Leatrice by Pastor Dr. William Guy of Wurtemburg Presbyterian Church.


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