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Gerald Meyer

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Oct. 19, 1934-March 11, 2008

Gerald H. Meyer, 73, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine, Minn.

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Gerald was born to George and Martha (Lemke) Meyer on Oct. 19, 1934 in Alexander, Iowa. When Gerald was young, his family moved to Barnesville, where he was raised and educated. He graduated from Barnesville High School.

Gerald married Janet Mikkelsen on June 17, 1955. He worked as an artificial breeder in the cattle industry. They lived in the Barnesville, Little Falls, Lake Park, and Twin Valley areas before moving to Detroit Lakes in 1973. On Aug. 22, 1998 Gerald married Loretta Maruska in Mahnomen. They made their home in Detroit Lakes, and he worked as an area director for 21st Century Genetics.

Gerald loved fishing, hunting, bowling, and bird watching. He was known for his sense of humor and his sweet tooth. He also loved to tease his grandchildren. Gerald was an active member and past president of the Eagles Club in Detroit Lakes.

Surviving Gerald are his wife, Loretta; three daughters, Paulette Schroeder of Spring Valley, Calif., Cora Lee (Harry) Wittmayer of West Fargo and Jennifer Dilbeck of Moorhead; three stepdaughters, Kimberly (Jay) Tunheim of Thief River Falls, Minn., Charlotte Maruska of Red Lake Falls, Minn., and Brenda (John) Nelson of Erskine; four stepsons, Don (Karen) Maruska of Sartell, Darin (Melissa) Maruska of Big Lake, Minn., Douglas (Amy) Maruska of Lengby, Minn., and Keith (Lynette) Maruska of Clear Lake, Minn.; 24 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one brother, Leroy (Mary) Meyer of Idaho Falls, Idaho; one sister, Joyce (Sam) Braton of Barnesville; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; first wife, Janet (1996); one granddaughter, Jamie Prince; one brother, Melvin Meyer; as well as four sisters, Leona Abbas, Wilma Fredericks, Idella Holland and Donna Eid.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, March 16, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, March 17 at Grace Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Eric Lemonholm officiating.

Casket bearers will be John Nelson, Christopher Wynne, Larry Olson, Christopher Stallman, Justin Prince and Andrew Maruska. Burial will be in Rosemont Cemetery, Barnesville.

West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, is handling arrangements for the family. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com.

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