Gerald "Jerry" Tharaldson
Mass of Christian Burial for Gerald "Jerry" Elmer Tharaldson, age 80, Mott, ND, will be held at 10:30 am MT on Friday, June 15, 2018 at St. Vincent's Catholic Church in Mott. Fr. Stephan Folorunso will officiate with burial to follow at Sunnyslope Cemetery in Mott. Visitation will be from 3-7pm on Thursday, June 14th with a Rosary and Wake service at 7pm all at St. Vincent's.
Jerry passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family in the early morning hours of Monday, June 11, 2018.
Jerry was born June 18, 1937 to Elmer and Margaret (Aamot) Tharaldson at the family farm near Osnabrock, ND. Jerry met the love of his life, Anna Dumas, and the two were married on January 8, 1959. They were looking forward to celebrating their 60 year wedding anniversary in January. Jerry and Anna made their home in Osnabrock, ND, where he worked at the elevator for six years and they started their family. He then took a management position at the GTA elevator in Milton, ND, where they lived for 12 years. They moved to Sutton, ND, to manage the New Harvest States Elevator for eight years before making their home in Mott, ND, where Jerry worked at Mott Equity for a number of years. Following Jerry's retirement from the Medina, ND elevator in 2001, Jerry and Anna moved back to Mott to begin retired life. They enjoyed warmer winters in Texas for many years with their camper in tow.
Jerry told great stories and had a way with people. When he walked into a room full of people he didn't know, they weren't strangers, just people he hadn't met yet.
Jerry loved camping, and having done so for nearly 50 years, Jerry and Anna had it down to a science. Jerry also loved golfing. Not many people have shot a hole-in-one. Jerry did - twice.
Jerry liked to stay involved and was active in his community. He was in the Knights of Columbus, served on the school board, and was also a township board member in Milton.
Above all, Jerry loved being in the company of his family and friends, who meant the world to him.
Jerry is loved by his wife, Anna, and four children, Rodney (Ginny) Tharaldson, Fargo, ND; Randy Tharaldson, Mott, ND; Lisa (David) Barnick, Jamestown, ND; and Lowell (Neijen) Tharaldson, Mott, ND; eight grandchildren, Ariana (Noah) Carlson, Walcott, ND; Alexis Barnick, Jamestown, ND; Alyssa (Clay) Jens, Tulare, SD; Kane Barnick, Jamestown, ND; Stella, Josh, Jeriana and William Tharaldson, Mott, ND; one great-granddaughter, Maci Jens, Tulare, SD; brother, Richard (Linda) Tharaldson, Orting, WA; and two sisters, Alice Landauer, Santa Cruz, CA; and Karen Brown, Mentor, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Margaret, five brothers, Bob, Leonard, Bill, Marvin, and Jim, and his sister, Evelyn Campbell.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.
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