Gerald "Jerry" Karkoff, age 79 of Sauk Centre, died Tuesday, September 12, 2006 at the Bethany Home in Alexandria, MN.
Jerry was born on March 2, 1927 in Minneapolis, MN to George and Helena Karkhoff. He went to school in Twin Lakes. One of Jerry's first jobs was working for a creamery in Anoka. He served his country during WWII as a Motor Machinist's Mate, 3rd Class in the U S Navy. After his honorable discharge, Jerry returned home and on August 23, 1947 was married to Dorothy Stuefen in Zimmerman, MN. They lived in Elk River and Jerry worked at municipal utilities until taking a job at the Twin Cities Milk Producer's Association in Anoka. He later became a truck driver for Twin Carriers Gas Transport, later known as Ruan Transport. When he suffered a back injury while operating a milk route in Elk River, Jerry returned to driving for Ruan, only this time they moved to a farm near Sauk Centre, MN. Ruan later became Standard Oil and Jerry retired from there in 1985. He worked for a short time as a driver for Sauk Centre Excavating and also kept busy raising sheep on their farm.
Jerry will be remembered for his good humor, readiness to smile and his love for his family. He liked to go fishing and hunting and once traveled all the way to Alaska by car. Jerry enjoyed seeing the country, being outdoors and working on his farm. He was a bowler in his younger days and was also a member of the Teamsters Union. He is preceded in death by his parents and wife, Dorothy, who just died on June 24th of this year.
Jerry is survived by his children and grandchildren, Kristine (Gene) Hansen of Sauk Centre, Kevin Karkhoff of Maple Grove, Micheal (Judy) Karkhoff of Rowlett, TX; 4 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren.
Funeral services for Jerry will be held on Monday, September 18, 2006 at 2:00 pm at Zion Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre. Interment will be at the State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls, MN. Arrangements are handled by the Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis, MN.