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Jerry Henrickson

06/02/1941 - 03/12/2024

Jerry Henrickson passed away peacefully at his home on March 12, 2024, surrounded by his loving family who cared for him during his final days.

He is preceded in death by Doris (Jacobs), his soul mate and wife of 63 years, who passed away less than two years earlier.  Also greeting him in heaven is his son Gordon and grandson James.

Jerry is survived by his son Ken (Deb), and daughters Lynda Schaeppi (Scott) and Julie Nicholson (Kevin) and a legacy of 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Jerry was born in Saint Paul Minnesota on June 2, 1941.  After his father returned from serving in WWII they moved to the family farm in Sisseton, South Dakota and then later to the Pierre area.  It was while in High School in Pierre that he met Doris and would become married at a very young age.

Following an enlistment in the Army, during which his first three children were born, he worked in various career fields to support his young family.  He eventually entered the telecommunications industry, obtained a college degree, and worked at 3M in the burgeoning data networking field.

Jerry enjoyed reminiscing with his children, sharing stories of the cars he owned, tales of struggles and hardships endured, and the trips he took with Doris.  He was eager to discuss current events with his children and always willing to offer his opinion.  He could usually be found at his computer reading articles until his final days.

Jerry was a very intelligent, successful, and self-made man.  He set an example for his children of what can be accomplished with tenacity and perseverance.  He encouraged his children to be independent and strive toward their goals.  And he was generous toward them throughout his entire life.

Jerry will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.


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