September 10, 1925 - December 24, 2015

 

Jerry was born in a log cabin in Millerville, MN and grew up on a farm. After serving in the Army in the early 1950’s, he bought a dairy farm of his own in Alexandria. He began a 30-year career with the U. S. Postal Service in 1958 working in both Alexandria and St. Cloud. He continued to farm until he was 85, helping out his sons on the Foley farm. Jerry always loved to work with his hands and enjoyed handling the constant construction and repairs that are needed on a busy farm. No toaster was safe from him and his screwdriver. He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Foley Knights of Columbus.

In retirement he was able to further indulge in his love of fishing, baseball, reading, and visiting his family and friends, especially seeing his grandchildren and all of their accomplishments. He could find a distant relative to visit in any town in MN. He loved to take long drives to see the countryside, crops, and what was new. At any moment you might find him stopping for ice cream, a cup of coffee, or a roll to indulge his sweet tooth. But he always saved his beer of the day for back home. Plus he always had his emergency candy stash safely hidden away, or so he thought, as his children always knew where to find the M&Ms.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 61 years Elnora; children Christopher, Jenifer (Jim Vogel), and Lisa (Paul) Fleissner; grandchildren Daniel, Lucas, and Kristin Fleissner; brother Adolph. He is preceded in death by his parents Adolph and Helen Wagner; son Stephen; sisters Lavern, Helen, Verene, and Erna.

A special thank you to all those who cared for him at the Veteran’s Home in St. Cloud.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Patrick’s Church, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the American Heart Association.