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Carl A. Jurie

November 9, 1917 — February 7, 2010

Carl A. Jurie

Carl A. Jurie, 92, passed away Feb. 7, 2010 in Pueblo, Colorado. He was born in Henry, West Virginia and raised in Kempton, Maryland. The second oldest of six children, his older brother Stanley died in infancy during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Joining the Civilian Conservation Corps, he participated in the construction of Camp David, Md. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 and was stationed at Schofield barracks on Oahu, Hawaii, where he witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor of Dec. 7, 1941. Serving in the 25th Infantry “Tropic Lightning” Division, he fought in the Guadalcanal campaign and was wounded in New Georgia. Convalescing at the Fort Sam Houston military hospital near San Antonio, Texas, he met Eunice “Jeri” Tullos, a nurse's aide who became his wife. He mustered out of service in 1945 and enrolled on the G.I. Bill at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he completed his bachelor's and master's degree. In 1956, he accepted a position as instructor of Geology at what was then known as Pueblo Junior College. He retired in 1980 as associate professor emeritus from what is now known as Colorado State University-Pueblo. He was active for many years in the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association and was a long-time member of the Colorado Mountain Club, the Rockhounds, and the Pueblo Historical Society as well as being a regular participant in several local dance groups. Carl Jurie was predeceased by his brothers Francis, John, and Ray, and his sister Elizabeth, by his wife Jeri Jurie, and his daughter, Cherie Lyn Jurie Zwick. He is survived by his son Jay (Cindy) Jurie of Sanford, Fla. and by numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be announced in the near future.
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