|8/5/2020 11:01:00 AM|
Jerry Gentry, 81, of Windom, formerly of Jeffers, died July 31, 2020, at Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Lakefield.
A Celebration of Life service will be held today (Wednesday) at 10:30 a.m., at American Lutheran Church in Windom with Pastors Adam Roberts and Wes Pederson officiating.
Special music will be provided by Dustin Stevens, pianist; and Kris Pfeiffer, Robyn and Faith Willard, vocalists.
Casket bearers will be Cory Hillesheim, Joe Saffert, Duane Moerke, Chris Johnson, Jeremy Kuperus, Devon Bruns, Jared and AJ Morris.
Honorary bearers will be Gavin Mutz, Emily Mutz, Eli Mutz, Jaxon Derickson and Brok Derickson.
Interment with full military honors provided by Odegaard-Quade American Legion Post of Jeffers and masonic rites provided by Prudence Lodge 97 AF&M will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery in rural Windom.
Visitation was Tuesday and continues today at the church for one hour prior to services.
LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom is handling the funeral arrangements.
Jerry Dean Gentry was born Feb. 13, 1939, in Iona and received his education in Okabena Public Schools, graduating in 1957.
He enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard and served his country for 20 years until retiring.
In 1973, Jerry married Shirley Kay Bruns in Worthington. They were later blessed with two daughters, Jennifer and Kathy. Jerry and Shirley lived in Okabena where they owned and operated Gentry Grocery Store.
They later moved to Jeffers where Jerry was the city maintenance director. He retired in the early 2000s.
In retirement, Jerry and Shirley continued living in Jeffers until March when they moved to Windom.
Earlier this year, Jerry was diagnosed with cancer and was recently placed in hospice care at Colonial Manor Nursing home in Lakefield.
Jerry was a member of American Lutheran Church in Windom; Jeffers Masonic Lodge, then Prudence Lodge 97 AF&M in Windom; Jeffers Lions Club; and Okabena American Legion Post.
He enjoyed woodworking, watching sports (a huge Vikings fan), casino tours, traveling and spending time with his family, especially playing football with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marg Greven.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Shirley Gentry of Windom; two daughters, Jennifer Mutz of Windom and Kathy (Justin) Derickson of Grand Rapids; five grandchildren; two brothers, Donald (Judy) Gentry of Lakefield and Dennis Gentry of Hawaii; and a brother-in-law, Gordon Greven of Minneapolis.