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Jerry G. Tyson, 83

Jerry Glen Tyson, age 83, of Howard Lake, was called to his eternal rest Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at his home.

Funeral services will take place Monday, March 4 at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, followed by interment in the church cemetery.

Visitation was Sunday, March 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake.

Jerry was born and raised in Meeks, GA, the youngest of the seven children of David Zachariah and Viola Tyson.

He was united in marriage to Dolores Della Yager July 23, 1951. Their 62 years together were blessed with the birth of three children.

Jerry served his country with the United States Air Force (USAF) during the Korean War, from 1950 to 1954. His tour of duty included an assignment in France from January 1952 to August 1954, and Dolores joined him there in 1952.

In 1954, Jerry began working for Prudential Insurance Company in Minneapolis. After 33 years, he retired from Prudential but he continued working part time until 1991.

After moving to Howard Lake in 1987, Jerry served 12 years as a volunteer tax preparer for senior citizens of Wright County under the sponsorship of AARP and the IRS.

He became a member of the St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake in October 1996.

Family was very important to Jerry. Summer vacations often involved camping as a family and traveling to Georgia to visit other family members.

After the children were grown, Jerry and Dolores traveled to Israel and throughout Europe on two occasions.

Jerry was a dog lover, and owned a number of Golden Retrievers. He refurbished bicycles, tinkered with autos and lawn tractors, lent Dolores a hand with the gardening, and kept the farmstead running along smoothly. Jerry was always up for a game of pinochle or dominos with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers and his sisters.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Dolores, of Howard Lake; two daughters, Dawn Tyson of Minnetonka, and Sheri Strickler (David) of Carrollton, TX; one son, Randall (Jane) of Maple Grove; two grandsons, Jeffrey Tyson (Alana) of Sandstone, and Zachary Tyson (Sarah) of Anoka; one great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn Tyson of Sandstone; a sister-in-law, Latha Tyson of Macon, GA; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.