Gerald Mifek, 83

Gerald “Jerry” George Mifek, 83, of Montrose, MN, passed away Monday, April 3, 2023, at his home.

Jerry was born June 8, 1939, to George and Bessie (Schultz) Mifek in Hutchinson, MN.

After attending high school, Jerry was drafted into the United States Army in 1962. He attended basic training at Fort Knox, KY, before receiving advanced training at Fort Sill, OK.

He served two years of field artillery active duty in Germany before completing the reminder of his service in the USAR. He was honorably discharged from service Oct. 31, 1968, earning a Good Conduct Medal.

After completing his military service, he attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, MN, studying auto mechanics. During his career, he worked for Ford auto dealerships in Hopkins, MN, and Cokato, MN, and Buffalo Auto in Buffalo, MN.

After retirement, he worked part-time for the Three Rivers Park District. At work, he was known for his intelligence and work ethic, as well as his sense of humor.

Jerry enjoyed camping, gardening, vintage snowmobiles, visiting with friends, and attending truck and tractor pulls.

He married Patricia Jeanne Paterson June 14, 1969, and had two children with her before divorcing in 1982.

Jerry was predeceased by his father, George, and his mother, Bessie.

He is survived by his daughter, Julie (Daryl); son, Jeffrey (Katie); and grandchildren, Taylor, Eloise, and Lillian.

A celebration of his life will take place later this summer, followed by a military burial at Fort Snelling. If you would like to be notified when service details become available, contact Jeffrey at jgmifek@yahoo.com.

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