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Gerald A. "Jerry" Beske

Gerald A. “Jerry” Beske

Redwood Falls

Gerald A. “Jerry” Beske, 80, of Redwood Falls, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls. Military honors will be held following the service. Burial will be Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Backus. Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, from 4-7 p.m. at Nelson-Martin Funeral Home in Redwood Falls and at the church Friday for one hour prior to services.

Gerald Arthur Beske, the son of Edwin and Ida (Hanson) Beske, was born April 23, 1932, in Bird Island. He received his elementary and high school education in Bird Island. Jerry served his country in the U.S. Navy during and after the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge, he ran the family gravel business in Atwater. Jerry earned a bachelor’s degree in teaching and a master’s degree in special education from St. Cloud State College. His first teaching job was teaching special education at Albany, Minn. From there, the family moved to Decorah, Iowa, where Jerry worked as a coordinator for special education services. In 1980, the Beske family moved to Redwood Falls where Jerry continued to work as a child study coordinator in area schools for the Educational Cooperative Service Unit.

In July 1964, Jerry married Barbara Duke and they had two sons, Timothy and Thomas. Jerry was a loving grandfather to his three grandchildren. He enjoyed Saturday morning breakfast with grandson Taylor at McDonald’s; his granddaughters, Jenith and Ella, loved to climb on Jerry’s lap and tell him their secrets. He also enjoyed morning coffee with his friends and talking to folks around the country via his ham radio.

Jerry spent the last 15 months at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud where he was treated for heart disease and dementia. He suffered a broken hip in November and contracted pneumonia a few days before he passed away.

Jerry is survived by his sons, Tim (Robin) Beske and Tom Beske, and grandchildren, Taylor, Jenith and Ella, all of Redwood Falls; his sister, Carol, of Titusville, Fla.; and many Hanson and Beske cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Donald; and his wonderful wife, Barbara, who passed away just a year ago this month.

Blessed be his memory.

Arrangements are with Nelson-Martin Funeral Service of Redwood Falls. Email condolences may be sent via