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Gerald L. "Jerry" Johnson – Obituary

Name: Gerald L. "Jerry" Johnson

Age: 85

Born: 04-30-1932

Died: 12-25-2017

St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Heritage Hall, St. Joseph, Minnesota

St. Joseph's Catholic Church, St. Joseph, Minnesota

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in St. Joseph for Gerald L. “Jerry” Johnson, age 85, of St. Joseph, who passed away on December 25, 2017 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Reverend Jerome Tupa,OSB will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday, all at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Heritage Hall.

Jerry was born on April 30th, 1932 in Blue Grass, Minnesota to George and Esther (Mietzel) Johnson. He graduated from Wadena High School in 1949. In 1954, he was united in marriage to Theresa Wrede. While living in Wadena, Jerry was an accomplished baseball umpire, even being offered a minor league umpiring contract, which he declined. Jerry and his family moved to St. Joseph in 1964. Jerry worked as a route salesman for various companies, eventually retiring in 1995 as an independent distributor for Little Debbie Snacks. He was a volunteer firefighter for the Wadena and St. Joseph Fire Departments, retiring after 32 years of service and member of the Teamsters for 20 years. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, bowling, playing cards and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Theresa; children, Debra (Steve) Herlofsky, Julie (John) Taufen, Gary (Mary) Johnson and Diane (Kevin) McGrew; grandchildren, Adam (Courtney) Schneider, Ryan Schneider, Eric (Bonnie) Schneider, Nicole (Aaron) Blackmore and Tasha Herlofsky; brother, Ronald (Jean) Johnson; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Lindsey Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Guestbook for Gerald L. "Jerry" Johnson

Kevin McGrew
, Son in law
December 30, 2017, 10:06 pm
Jerry was an awesome man and patriarch for his family. I loved listening to him tell jokes....he laughed harder than anyone at his own jokes.
Ken Harvey
December 28, 2017, 12:40 pm
We want to express our sympathy and let you know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. When my daughter died I found great comfort in Revelation 21:3, 4 He will swallow death forever, and the Sovereign Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces. and Isaiah 25:8. He wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. May your beautiful memories of happy times spent together strengthen and you during this difficult time.
Steven Johnson
, Nephew
December 28, 2017, 4:49 am
'Johnson' family, Sorry for your loss. Dad & I were glad/it was good to see Jerry on Dec. 19 & 20. My thoughts and prayers are with you/the family at this time.
Lori & Jeff Goldstein
, Friend
December 28, 2017, 3:15 am
Deb & family, we are so sorry to hear about the loss of dad, grandpa, husband. Our love and prayers are with you!

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