Kenneth Jurss, 89, Husband and Father, Worked on Guidance for the Apollo Space Program


Kenneth Edward Jurss, 89, of Saline, Michigan passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. Kenneth was born on November 22, 1930 to the late Edward J. Jurss and Rose (Springob) Jurss. On November 9, 1957 he married Mary Baumgartner.

Kenneth is survived by his wife Mary and four children, Thomas (Nancy) Jurss, Stephen (Karen) Jurss, Lynn (John Medley III) Jurss, and Amy (Jeffrey) Remillard and seven grandchildren, Kara Jurss, Jonathan Jurss, Allison Medley, Jack Medley, Matthew Remillard, Sarah Remillard and Nathan Remillard. Preceded in death by his sister Rosemarie Jurss Dombrowski. He is also survived by three nieces and two nephews.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University and serving in the Army (attending artillery school), Kenneth worked on the guidance system for the Apollo space program. While working and having a family, he attended Marquette University to earn an MBA. He worked in Milwaukee before transferring to Warsaw, Indiana as head of finance for Armstrong Products.

Upon retirement he and Mary moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana. They were members of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church for 25 years. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and family, gardening, his Cadillacs, his springer spaniel Duke, and specifically spending time with his grandchildren. He and Mary moved to Brecon Village to be closer to family in October 2019.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, August 21 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Saline with Father James McDougall as Celebrant. Friends may join the family for a time of visitation at the church from 10:15 A.M. until the time of service at 11:00 A.M. Memorial contributions may be made to Messmer Catholic High School Milwaukee, Wisconsin or to the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Elm Grove, Wisconsin, notes section: Retired Sisters Fund. Envelopes will be available at the Church. He will be returned to his beloved Wisconsin with burial at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cudahy, Wisconsin. To leave a memory you have of Ken, to sign his guestbook, or for directions please visit

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