Jeff Bargen, 30, died Tuesday, November 12, 2002 at his home in Columbus following a lifetime battle with Cystic Fibrosis, a lung disease. Funeral services are 10:30 am Friday, November 15 at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Columbus with Rev. Dave Korth officiating. Visitation will begin on Thursday after 5 pm at St. Bonaventure Church with a Vigil service at 7 pm at the church. Visitation will continue on Friday from 8-10 am at McKown Funeral Home. Interment will be in All Saints Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Jeff Bargen Scholarship Fund, St. Bonaventure Church, or the donor's choice.
Jeffrey B. Bargen was born November 25, 1971 in Seward, Nebraska to Denny and Jody (Krueger) Bargen. He was diagnosed early with Cystic Fibrosis, a lung disease. Jeff attended West Park, St. Isidore & St. Bonaventure Elementary Schools in Columbus and graduated from Columbus Scotus Catholic High School in 1990. While in high school he participated in basketball, golf, Scotus Athletic Letterman's Club, and was a Scotus Royalty Candidate. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated from the College of Business Administration with a Degree in Finance. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity at the University of Nebraska. Jeff's hobbies and interests included watching various sporting events on television, golfing, snow skiing, computers, music, and driving sports cars. On November 7, 1999 he received a double lung transplant at the University of Wisconsin Hospital. Jeff was employed at Financial Design in Columbus.
He is survived by:
Parents Denny A. & Jody L. Bargen of Columbus, NE
Brother Dirk Bargen of Lincoln, NE
Brother Ryan Bargen of Sioux City, IA
Grandmother Florence Bargen of Superior, NE
He is preceded in death by:
Grandfather Orval Bargen
Grandfather Chester Krueger
Grandmother Josephine Krueger
Uncle Jerry Krueger
Cousin Jim Borchert