In Memory of Dale "Cookie" Jorgensen

Dale "Cookie" Jorgensen
Dale "Cookie" Jorgensen
Born: June 18, 1960
Died: March 9, 2017
Age: 56
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Dale "Cookie" Jorgensen
June 18, 1960 - March 9, 2017
From: Nevada, IA

Dale “Cookie” Jorgensen, age 56, of Nevada, Iowa, died unexpectedly on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada, with Pastor David R. Burling officiating.  Visitation will be held at the church from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, March 13, 2017. 

Born June 18, 1960, in Sioux City, Iowa, Dale Eugene Jorgensen was adopted by Marlin and Sonja (Frette) Jorgensen at the age of eight.  He grew up in Nevada where he graduated from high school with the Class of 1978, then attended Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls. 

Dale worked as a dedicated payload operator at Martin Marietta in Ames for over 35 years.  He was a gentle giant with a sentimental nature and huge heart.  He enjoyed photography, long peaceful drives in the country, and was an avid Hawkeye and NASCAR fan.

Survivors include two children, Troy Jorgensen of Boone, and Jessica Milleson of Colo; three grandchildren, Raygann, Dylan, and Kyler; and his parents, Marlin Jorgensen and Sonja Frette of Ames.  He is also survived by a sister, Jennifer Jorgensen of Ames; his significant other, Lori Gillen of Nevada and her family; six biological siblings, John, David, Jerry, Robert, Rhonda, and Raymond; as well as other extended family members and many friends.

Dale was preceded in death by his sister, Helen Banks; and a brother, Jeffrey, in infancy.

Ryan Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Dale and his family.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 1:42 PM
“I am truly sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.”
- Paulette Tuttle
Monday, March 13, 2017 at 8:18 PM
“He will be missed! Dale loaded a lot of rock for me, when I worked for Jmt! He was one of a kind! Never had to reload ,or dump any off! (Like I said one of a kind)! Our prayers go out to Dale's Family !! God bless! ”
- Stephen Mullins
Monday, March 13, 2017 at 8:18 PM
“My condolences to the family. I met cookie a couple of time and both times was a true gentleman helping me at work. He will be missed! ”
- Dwight Rivera
Monday, March 13, 2017 at 8:18 PM
“RIP Dale you will be missed ”
- Charles Leonard Mckinney
Monday, March 13, 2017 at 8:18 PM
“Lori and Family – words can’t express our sincere sorrow on Dale’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. Joyce and Jerry Mulka”
- Jerry Mulka
Monday, March 13, 2017 at 2:16 PM
“So sorry to hear of Dale passing my prayer are with Family and friends. Cookie loaded many tons of rock on my truck over the past 35 years will miss Him greatly ”
- Jim [ JR ] Ramsey
Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:52 AM
“I didn't know him as well as a lot of people did but he always treated me like I was his best friend. He truly was a friend. Sorry to hear of his passing, and may time heal”
- Brian Zimmerman
Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:52 AM
“I didn't know Cookie all that way, but he has meant a tremendous amount to not only my business, but also countless drivers of ours. In particular, my father, John Wangsness. When he was driving full time, he always talked about Cookie in a fun, professional, and respectful way for the job he did. Dad always considered Cookie a friend. We will keep the whole family in our thoughts and prayers.”
- Jeff Wangsness
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10:20 AM
“Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers through since I heard the news. Dale was truly one of a kind and have very fond memories of his wild ways from my childhood. His kind and genuine words at dad's visitation will always stay with me...... May he now rest in peace.”
- Lauren Chitty
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10:20 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Dales passing. Hoyt had so many stories of their growing up and the things they did together. I hope they have a wonderful reunion up there and continue to have fun. God's Peace to all of his family. Arlys Chitty Neal.
- Arlys Neal
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11 a.m.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Memorial Lutheran Church
Nevada, Iowa


Pastor David R. Burling


Paul Ogden
David Williams
Doug Robey
Jeff Gray
Kelly Shryock
John Warren


5-7 p.m.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Memorial Lutheran Church