Thomas Walter Jurgens

September 15, 1947 - March 22, 2023

Thomas Walter Jurgens, 75, of Lincoln, entered Eternal Rest on March 22, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. Thomas was born on September 15, 1947, to David and Phyllis (Seckman) Jurgens in Beatrice, NE. He was baptized as an infant and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Tom graduated from Beatrice High School in 1965 and went on to attend UNL and Lincoln School of Commerce, graduating in 1969. He married the love of his life, Carol Malchow on August 24, 1968. His pride and joy was the beautiful family he and Carol had together including 4 children; Jaci (Marc) Burt, Cami (Martin) Berglund, Tadd Jurgens and Tori Kyncl and 9 grandchildren; Tanner Burt, Walker (Sydnie) Burt, Sophia Berglund, Gage Burt, Gavin Burt, Trevor Jurgens, Julia Berglund, Jack Kyncl, and Emma Kyncl; siblings Sandi Hixon, Dave Jurgens, Ron (Susie) Jurgens; sisters-in-law Sheryl Malchow and Sue (Joe) Engler; nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Gary Jurgens, grandchildren Elizabeth, Thomas and Luke Kyncl, parents-in-law, Norman and Eleanor Malchow, brother-in-law Chuck Hixson.

At a young age he had a paper route, then at age 14 he got his first official job at Bell’s Shoe Repair. He also worked at filling stations part-time. Tom started working for the State of Nebraska in 1968 working his way up to Director of Accounting for Health and Human Services, retiring in 2010. He was on the NIS team for the development of the Accounting System for the State of Nebraska. Member of the Association of Government Accountants.

Tom was a member, Deacon and youth group leader at Northeast Community Church UCC, member and Camera Tech at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Sons of American Legion, Cribbage League, served on the Board of Directors for the Nebraska State Employees Credit Union, and Eagle View HOA Treasurer. Tom loved trains and Husker football. He was a member of Lincoln Railfans Club, serving as president, de facto Secretary, editor of the monthly Newsletter, Camerail Club of Omaha, Beatrice Area Railroad Enthusiasts, published Train Photographer, and won the John H. Conant “Nebraska Railroad Preservation Award” given by the Great Plains Chapter National Railroad Historical Society.

Tom was always the first to volunteer to help friends, family, and neighbors. He would do anything from caring for babies to roofing a house and everything in between, all with a smile on his face. He was a kid at heart and loved Looney Tunes. He was also a car enthusiast, and took pride in owning and showing his red Mustang, winning several awards.

Following a 12 year heart illness, Tom received a new healthy heart on September 17, 2008. He loved his life and lived it to the fullest, finding happiness in everything! He truly enjoyed the simple things, sights and sounds of nature, music, history and weather. He didn’t know a stranger and will be greatly missed by many.

Memorial service: 1:30 pm Monday, March 27, 2023, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 8550 Pioneers Blvd. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Prairie Home Cemetery, Diller, NE.

Memorials to the family for future designation.



Memorial Service


St. Mark’s United Methodist Church

8550 Pioneers Blvd., Lincoln, NE

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March 28, 2023

Tom and I were cubicle wall buddies. Besides all the work things we talked about, we shared family news, He loved his family and was so proud of his children and grandchildren. He was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. My condolences to his friends and family.

– Judith H. Ruffo
March 27, 2023

Carol and family: Tom was a great classmate and an all around nice guy. I always enjoyed visiting with him at car shows and our class reunions. I hope that your pleasant memories of Tom help you through this time of sorrow.

– Tommy Forstrom
March 27, 2023

Jim Dills, Frank Harris, and Tommy—-as they affectionately called him—shared many lunches together and work related times at the State Health Dept. Tom was always a favorite among co-workers. His mild and kind manner will always be remembered. His family was everything to him. Sincere sympathy to the Jurgens family.

– Teresa Dills
March 27, 2023

My deepest condolences to you. So sorry to hear of the passing of Tom. I have nice memories of him being my backyard neighbor when I was a kid. I will keep your family in my prayers.

– Amy (Byers) Moyer
March 27, 2023

Sorry to hear of Toms passing. You were great neighbors. To many stories to print but we will remember all of you. God be with you all

– john and arlis
March 27, 2023

I will always cherish our years together growing up. As children our families were always close. Such wonderful memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

– Susi & Ray Parde
March 25, 2023

Tom will be remembered by so many of us from the Dept. of Health, and later DHHS as the cheerful and kind man he was! When I started my job as a Program Manager I knew next to nothing about Dept. and State accounting methods and procedures. Tom was so patient with me and so helpful, I will never forget! My deepest condolences to his family.

– Julie Luedtke

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