June 3, 1928 - April 11, 2017
Elkton, Maryland | Age 88
Frederick William Juergens, age 88, of Elkton, MD, passed away on April 11, 2017. Born at home on Cathedral Street, he lived his whole life in Elkton. He was the son of the late Alfred and Florence (Boyer) Juergens.
As a youngster, Fred served as an altar boy at Immaculate Conception Church which was located on Cathedral Street at that time. He was a bit mischievous and was well known by the nuns. They occasionally called Fred's mother, asking her to have Fred retrieve his feisty pet rooster, Jim, from the steps of the convent so they could get out the door without being attacked. Fred attended Immaculate Conception School and Elkton High School. Following high school, he worked at Losten's Dairy and later at Thiokol Chemical Corporation (now Orbital ATK). He retired from Thiokol in 1990. Although Fred grew old, he never grew up. Part of him remained a mischievous kid to the end.
Fred was an avid golfer. On three separate occasions, he shot a "hole in one" at Brantwood Golf Course. He also won many Thiokol-sponsored golf tournaments with his favorite golfing partner, Lee Bragg. Although Fred never had formal lessons, he had an ear for music and was an incredible harmonica player. Fred played softball as a young man and was a talented pitcher. He also enjoyed fishing, shooting pool, and playing cards throughout his life. Most important to him, however, was his family.
Fred was quite a character who had many wonderful adventures and a few misadventures during his life, leading to lots of good stories which he enjoyed telling over and over… and over again. Fred lived at Abbey Manor Assisted Living for the last year of his life. The staff at Abbey Manor lovingly cared for Fred and provided him much joy and comfort while he was in the homestretch of his life.
Fred was known for giving family members nicknames. Accordingly, his survivors include his children, Patty "Peanut" Gamby and her husband, Rod, of Alexandria, VA; Terry "Tibby" Gustafson and her husband, Kim, of Elkton; Steven "Stosh" Juergens and his wife, Tracy, of North East; grandchildren Jonathan and Elliot "Yit" Gamby, Kelli "Cow Bells" Davis (and husband Scott), Garrett Mann (and wife Casandra), and Jacob and Noah Juergens; great-grandsons Finley Mann and Logan Davis; brothers and their wives James Juergens, Richard and Gail Juergens, and George "Seeds" and Betty Juergens; as well as many other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, Fred was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joan "Nuck" MacKenzie Juergens who died in 2001; and two brothers, Alfred (Sonny) and Joseph Juergens.