Robert J. Jurin
Robert John Jurin, 87, Shelton, WA, died on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at the Harstine Island Adult Home Care Center on Harstine Island, Shelton, WA. Bob was born on March 31, 1924 to John and Emma Jurin in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated in 1942 from Carl Schirs High School in Portage Park, received his engineering degree in 1948 from the University of Illinois and also attended the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Robert served in the US Air Force from 1943 until 1945 as a pilot. Bob’s daughter, Robin, said that her dad was a little daring in his younger years, and during his Air Force training flew his plane under the Golden Gate Bridge.
He married JoAnne Neff in Tacoma, WA. Bob was an engineer. With his brother in law, Al Wislow, he founded the Black Hawk Co, in Chicago. Bob developed and patented a finishing machine, for which he still holds the patent. Mr. Jurin was a member of the Shelton Kiwanis. His hobbies included gardening, building things, fishing, card playing, swimming, and traveling. He and JoAnne spent the winters in Yuma, AZ for three years. Bob enjoyed walking his dog and played the French horn. His family remembers him as a quiet, gentle man who was a very gracious host.
He is survived by his wife, JoAnne; daughters, Jill Duggin, husband Mike and children, Chris and Andrea, Robin Popovich, husband Larry, Wendy Neaf, husband Art, children, BJ and Dayna and Vicky Jurin and daughter, Tina; stepchildren, Michael D. Cross, wife Loni, children, Jacob, wife Laureen and child, Courtney, Shelly Benson, husband Carl, children, Hannah and Garrett, Garth Cross, wife Nikki, children, Brandon Morrison and Bailey, and Carolyn Olson and children, Ashley and Blake.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother and a sister.
Donations can be made to the Shelton Kiwanis, P.O. Box 477, Shelton, WA 98584.
A memorial service will be held at the Shelton Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm. The family was served by McComb Funeral Home.