GERALD EMERY HENJUM MONSON
September 5, 1919 - July 3, 2011
A memorial service celebrating the life of Jerry Monson was held July 29, 2011, at South Blue Earth Lutheran Church of rural Bricelyn. Jerry Monson died July 3, 2011, at Mesa, Arizona.
Gerald Emery Henjum Monson was born September 5, 1919 at Minneapolis and was adopted by loving and caring parents Oscar and Norah Henjum Monson of Frost. He was baptized and confirmed at South Blue Earth Lutheran Church of Bricelyn.
Jerry was a 1937 graduate of Bricelyn High School and attended Waldorf College at 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.
He was united in marriage to Elaine Jacobson February 16, 1946. Jerry and Elaine spent 23 years farming the Monson-Henjum farmstead near Frost. The family moved to Spicer, Minnesota, and later to Grand Rapids where Jerry was a commercial real estate salesman. They enjoyed their retirement years living at Mesa, AZ.
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 leared to play the trumpet, clarinet and saxaphone. 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 siter 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, 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.
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