Gerald E.H. Monson, 91
Mesa, Ariz. — Gerald Emery Henjum Monson died on July 3, 2011, in Mesa, Ariz.
Gerald was born on Sept. 5, 1919, in Minneapolis, and adopted by loving and caring parents, Oscar and Norah Henjum Monson, of Frost. He was baptized and confirmed at South Blue Earth Lutheran Church, rural Bricelyn.
Jerry was a 1937 graduate of Bricelyn High School and attended Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa, where he was a member of the football team.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1941 and served in North Africa and Italy during World War II.
On Feb. 16, 1946, he was united in marriage to Elaine Jacobson. Jerry and Elaine spent 23 years farming the Monson-Henjum farmstead near Frost. The family moved to Spicer and later to Grand Rapids where Jerry was a commercial real estate salesman. Jerry and Elaine enjoyed their retirement years living in Mesa.
Jerry was a talented musician who played piano from a young age and keyboard in retirement. While in Grand Rapids he was the accompanist for the 2nd Wind Harmonica Band. During his retirement in Arizona, he learned to play the trumpet, clarinet and saxophone. Jerry loved his time as a member of the View Point and Swinging Resorters bands.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elaine; his sister and brother-in-law, Audrey and Glendon Baum; and his brother-in-law, Donovan Jacobson.
He is survived by his five children, Barbara (Earl) Brandsoy, Sharon (Duane) Erickson, Ronald (Gayle) Monson, James Monson, and Charles (Renee) Monson; 11 grandchildren, Amy and Sarah Brandsoy, John (Julaine) Brandsoy, Christine (Jeremiah) Reinkoester, Mara Erickson, Ryan (Sara) Monson, Rachel (Matthew) Peulen, Greg Monson, Bailey, Cameron and McKenzie Monson; seven great-grandchildren, Jesse, Aspen and Jalen Brandsoy, Hailey and Violet Peulen, Sonja Reinkoester and Lana Monson. Also surviving are his in-laws, Carroll and Melva Jacobson, and Lorraine Jacobson, and many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Jerry Monson will be held on Friday, July 29, 2011, at 11 a.m. at South Blue Earth Lutheran Church, rural Bricelyn.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Cancer?Society.