Gerald A. Keller (Jerry), age 71, of Hamel, died Tuesday, April 2, 2008, at North Residential Hospice in Brooklyn Center.
He was born Oct. 26, 1936, in Appleton, Minn., the son of Fred and Marie Lockwood Keller.
Gerald graduated from Appleton High School in 1955.
For over 30 years, he was employed by Heinrich Envelope in Golden Valley as a machine adjuster. He also owned his own small business in small engine repair known as Jerry’s Small Engines.
Jerry was a gun dealer who loved hunting and collecting firearms, and he annually attended a blackpowder shoot in Montana.
He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, watching softball games, going to gun shows and snowmobile shows, and spending time with buddies. Jerry went daily to The Countryside Café in Hamel and visited with his friends.
He is survived by children, Kraig (Nancy) Schloegel of Champlin, Kirk Schloegel of Golden Valley, and Keely Swartzer of St. Michael; four grandchildren, Quincee Schloegel, Ashley Schloegel, and Josie and Garrett Swartzer; three nephews, Timothy, Mark, and Randy Keller; and other relatives and friends.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Marie Keller; brothers Floyd and Gus; and by his former wife, Patricia Keller.
A memorial service took place Wednesday, April 9 at noon at the Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home. Pastor Gorden Estenson officiated. Special music was provided by Rolf and Marlene Mohwinkel. Rolf sang “Amazing Grace” and Bridge over Troubled Water.
Memorials are preferred to North Memorial Residential Hospice.
The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home in St. Michael served the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com