Russell Jerde, 81

Russell C. Jerde, 81, of Maple Plain, MN, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2023, at his residence.

A funeral service will take place Friday, April 14, 2023, at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church (5084 Main St E) in Maple Plain, with Rev. Wes Asheim as officiant.

Visitation will take place Thursday, April 13, 2023, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and one hour prior to the service Friday, all at the church. Interment will take place in Lewis Cemetery in Maple Plain.

Russell Charles Jerde was born Dec. 7, 1941, in Watertown, MN, the son of Donald and Elsie (Dongoski) Jerde.

Russ was united in marriage May 2, 1964, to Barbara Holmes in Watertown, MN.

Russ had a passion for people, Elvis, and his family. He loved to help people, and he loved to talk.

Russ was a diligent worker. He barbered for over 59 years, worked in insurance for 35 years with American Family Insurance, and ended at Coborns.

The final 10 years at Coborns, Russ worked in maintenance, but was referred to as the “public relations director.” Each role incorporated his love for people and conversation.

The winter months were spent in Florida, where connections were made around the world. Russ was also a spectacular gardener and a perfectionist in his yard. He will always be remembered for his gift of gab and his eyebrows.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Elsie Jerde; brothers, Howard Jerde, Loren “Hot Rod” Jerde, Clifford “Wimpy” Jerde, Curt Jerde, and David “Puddy Guts” Jerde; step-father, Melvin Krause; and brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, John Donahue, Carolyn, and Bernie Dahl.

Russell is survived by his loving family: wife, Barb; children, Mark (Robin) Jerde of Montrose, MN, Mitchell (Michelle) Jerde of Virginia Beach, VA, Michael (Rheanna) Jerde of Delano, MN, and Anne (Kevin) Rothstein of Delano; grandchildren, Katelyn (Charles) Todd, Molly (Justin) Tomann, Taylor Jerde, Carter Nelson, Olivia Jerde, Matthew Jerde, Alexis Rothstein, and Joshua Rothstein; great-grandchildren, Addison Todd, Charles Todd, Carson Todd, and Theodore Tomann; brothers, Marvin (Joan) Jerde, Gilbert (Judy) Jerde, Donald “Joe” (Ellen) Jerde, James (Gail) Jerde, and Norman (Kathy) Jerde; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Yvonne Jerde, Pauline Jerde, Debbi Jerde, Jack (Joan) Holmes, Nancy Donahue, Darrel (Shelley) Holmes, and Kevin (Diane) Homes; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Casket bearers are Joshua Rothstein, Carter Nelson, Patrick Donahue, Danny Donahue, Charles Todd, Justin Tomann, and Hugo Holmes.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Christ Lutheran Church or Ridgeview Hospice.

Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, 952-442-2121, www.johnsonfh.com.

© Herald Journal Publishing, Inc.