Juergen Fuerst, lost his battle to lymphoma on Wednesday, Sept. 28. He was born in Berlin, Germany in 1929 and immigrated to the United States in 1953. He served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1955-1960.

He and his wife, Christa, also from Germany were married for almost 50 years, enjoyed calling Houston home, and lived the American dream. He was a brick mason by trade, but his true passion was soccer. He was very influential in the growth of soccer in the Houston community as an organizer of league soccer, coach and referee for many years.

He also helped to coach his grandchildren’s teams in Orange a couple of times. The players always loved when “Opa” came to help coach. He enjoyed sharing his love and knowledge of the game with both young and old.

He was preceded in death by his wife Christa in 2003. Those left to cherish his memory are: his son, Brian Fuerst of Houston; his daughter Brigitte Fuerst Mangham and husband Sam of Orange, and their children Eric (Little Rock, Ark), Scott (Fayetteville, Ark), and Emily Mangham (College Station).

He will also be missed by his surviving sister, Edith Johnson and husband Bill, along with several nieces and nephews in the Houston area, Germany, and Holland.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Oct. 14 at 10:00 a.m., at the Hunters Creek Chapel of Earthman Funeral Directors in Houston followed by Inurnment at the Houston National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 570127, Houston, TX 77257 or a charity of your choice.