Gordon Jerve, 90, of Sauk Rapids, formerly of Montevideo, died Monday, May 27, 2013, surrounded by his loving family, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home Chapel with the Rev. Harvey Ehlers officiating.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the chapel on Saturday. Pastor Gwen Bohlke will provide prayers of Christian Burial at 3:30 p.m. at Terrace Lawn Memory Gardens in Montevideo. Everyone is welcome.
Gordon D. Jerve was born in Big Bend Township, Chippewa County, April 21, 1923, to Ole and Laura (Laumb) Jerve.
He married Lorraine Bauman, Nov. 21, 1945, at Montevideo Methodist Church. They lived in Montevideo until moving to St. Cloud in 1963. He was a lineman for Northwestern Bell for 33 years, retiring in 1978. He was a life member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. He then worked as a custodian for First United Methodist Church in St. Cloud. He enjoyed fishing, ice fishing, pheasant hunting, traveling, wintering in Mesa, Ariz., and spending summers at Otter Tail Lake. He was a staunch Democrat and enjoyed visiting with others.
He is survived by his daughters and son, Nola (and David) Zane, of Willmar, Kay (and Gary) Gapinski, of Sauk Rapids, and Scott (and Nancy) Jerve of Rice; sister, Edna Hull, of Montevideo; sister-in-law, Dorothy Jerve, of Clear Lake; grandchildren, Stephanie (and David) Ousdigian, of Hudson, Wis., and Adam Gapinski, of Dexter, Ore.; great-grandchildren, Hannah and Matthew Ousdigian; step great-grandchildren, Rachel and Luke Ousdigian; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, (Nov. 4, 2007); brothers, Clarence, Orville, Arlo, Sander and Marvin Jerve; and sisters, Lucille Lomason, Avis Gallagher, and Gladys Andreas.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Good Shepherd Lutheran Foundation are preferred.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire staff and residents at The Good Shepherd Lutheran Home and St. Croix Hospice for the loving care and support they provided him and his entire family.
Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, of Sauk Rapids, is in charge of the arrangements. (Obituary, guest book and video tribute available online at www.williamsdingmann.com)