FAIRMONT - Services for Gerald "Jerry" W. Quade, 89, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont with full military honors provided by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post 36 and Martin County VFW Post 1222. Visitation will be one hour prior to the time of service beginning at 12:30 p.m., Oct. 2, 2012, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fairmont. Jerry passed away Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont. Lakeview Funeral Home of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Gerald "Jerry" William Quade was born July 12, 1923, in Centuria, Wis., the son of the late William and Rose Quade. He attended St. Paul Lutheran Parochial School and graduated from Fairmont High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the 184th Infantry, the Red Bulls, during World War II in northern Africa and Italy. Jerry was awarded the Purple Heart and honorably discharged. Upon returning to Minnesota, he worked at several auto mechanic shops before establishing his own business, Safety Service, which he operated until his retirement.
On April 17, 1948, Jerry was married to the love of his life and best friend, LaVee Krenz, and they were married for 63 years. They lived in Truman and Fairmont, Minn., and wintered in Mesa, Ariz., for the last 25 years, where they enjoyed the company of family and friends and enjoyed the sunshine and mild climate. Previously, Jerry enjoyed golfing, gardening, playing cards, watching football and had a passion for cars. He liked to whistle a little tune as he went out the door and had a cheerful personality and positive attitude. He had a great sense of humor and was always willing to lend a helping hand to family, friends and neighbors.
Jerry truly loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a longtime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fairmont, taught Sunday school and served on the board of elders and board of trustees. Jerry was a faithful Christian, sharing his faith with others.
Jerry passed away on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center in Fairmont, Minn., at the age of 89 years, 2 months and 4 days.
Jerry is survived by his four children, Cynthia (Jack) Maxham of Appleton, Wis., Wayne (Linda) Quade of Fairmont, Minn., Sandra (Randall) Clow of Fairmont, Minn., and Karen (Richard) Mueller of Chaska, Minn.; 11 grandchildren, Jason, Amanda, Shawn, Brandon, Alison, Coeur d'Alene, Desiree, Austin, Rainier, Brent and Joel; four great-grandchildren, Cadon, Charli, Ava and Olivia; his sister Jeanette Quade; sister-in-law Ruth Quade; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Vernon and Eileen Krenz, Doris Krenz, Larry and Joan Krenz, Aralia Taylor, Ralph Krenz and Arlene Peters, as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, LaVee; his parents, William and Rose Quade; baby twin sister; his brothers, Wayne Quade and Robert Quade; his sister, Doris Malo; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Walter and Alvina Krenz; numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Fairmont, or Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center, Fairmont. The family would like to thank Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center for their excellent care and compassion.