Jerry Dragseth, age 68, of Ortonville, MN, passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2018, at Fairway View Neighborhoods in Ortonville.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at 1 PM at First English Lutheran Church in Ortonville. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 18, from 5 to 7 PM at the church with a prayer service to follow. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services on Wednesday. Pastor David Tonn will officiate and a private burial will be held at Mound Cemetery.
Jerry Lee Dragseth was born on October 5, 1950, in Madison, SD, to Elmer J. and Emma I. (Selland) Dragseth. He was baptized the same day at the Madison Hospital. Jerry attended Lake Madison Church and was confirmed there in June 1965.
He attended school at Rutland High School and graduated in 1968. He later earned his bachelor’s degree at Dakota State University. In 1970, he met Margaret Moore and they were united in marriage on June 10, 1972. Jerry served many roles for Cenex/CHS for more than 40 years, starting as a bookkeeper and ending his career as Chief Financial Officer.
Jerry was a very active member of First English Lutheran Church: being active in the Masons, serving on the church council, serving on the credential committee at the Southwestern Minnesota Synod Assembly, and serving as the chairman of the election committee for the 2009 Bishop’s Election. He also served on the board of Prisoners of Hope at the Appleton corrections facility.
He participated on city council, loved camping and reading, enjoyed watching the news and the Minnesota Vikings. Jerry was quite the history buff and loved reading about historical events. He also enjoyed Sudoku, playing Solitaire, traveling, but most of all, spending time with his family and grandchildren. Jerry was blessed with many special talents such as head toast maker while camping and master of the game, “Catchphrase”. Jerry was always welcoming everyone with a huge smile and a hug and was always the last to leave church.
Jerry was a kind, generous, and gentle man who never complained even through years of challenging health issues. He lived his life through the values of FAITH, FAMILY, FRIENDS, service to community, honesty, and always loyalty to anyone he met.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret “Marge” Dragseth; children: Jenny (Erik) Odden, Kevin (Katie) Dragseth, Kirsten (Matt) Karels, and Emily (Mark) Mueller; grandchildren: Anders Annika, Addison, Andrew, Isaac, Bryson, Bennett, Malia, Macy, Cooper, Hudson, and Becker; sister, Susan Molskness of Madison, SD; sister-in-law, Kathy Dragseth of Nunda, SD; brother-in-law, Frank (Donna) McDine of Pittsburgh, PA; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Preceding Jerry in death are his parents; brother, Eugene; sister, Eloyce at age six; brother-in-law, Donald Molskness; sister-in-law, Dorothy Moore; nephew, Loren Olson; and in-laws, Byron and Jean Moore.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Jerry’s name can be sent to:
Big Stone County Cancer Support Group
Big Stone County Healthcare Foundation
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
5:00 - 7:00pm (Central time)
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Starts at 7:00pm (Central time)
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Starts at 1:00pm (Central time)