Gary Lee Jerzak (Cutter) was born on November 24, 1948 in Minneapolis, MN to Irving and Ruth (Boulton) Jerzak.
He went to be with his Lord Jesus on May 26, 2017 in St. Augusta, MN at Quiet Oaks Hospice House surrounded by family after a long battle against a brain tumor.
Visitation will be held on Monday, June 5, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 6, at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria.
Gary was raised in Minneota, MN (the place you wanna go ta) with his two brothers Bob Jerzak and Jack Jerzak; he graduated from Minneota High School.
He enjoyed his hometown community where he learned to love the outdoors and enjoyed hunting for pheasants and duck with his lab, deer, and trapping.
On September 13, 1975 he married his true soulmate, his beautiful bride Holly Ann Jahn from Canby, MN. Eventually their life journey together brought them to Alexandria, MN where they spent the next 40 years and had the honor of raising their three lovely children; Jeremiah, Amber and Kristy.
Gary was employed by 3M in Alexandria for seven years; he then went on to run the hot mix plant at McLaughlin & Schultz, Lakes Area Paving and Central Specialties.
The last five years of his working career was spent with Josh, Al and Diane at Exterior Designs where fun was had by all. His vibrant personality, humor and enthusiasm along with his love for people showed in every aspect of his life.
One of his famous quotes was, “How are you gonna learn anything if you don’t ask questions?” Gary listened to Chicago Blues and Rock & Roll, loved his harmonica and taking his wife on the Harley to go dancing, sweeping her off her feet.
Gary was good friends with Bill W. and Dr. Bob for 32 years. He had a deep friendship with his savior, Jesus Christ; his faith never wavered as he would state “I trust you Jesus!” He cherished his family and friends.
He loved the Twins and Vikings, and walleye fishing, he enjoyed competition of any type. Pets were always a part of his life at home. A highlight of his day was making s’mores while the sun set over Lake Henry with his grandkids. He enjoyed giving them rides on the lawn mower and loved hosting his annual fish fry for his family.
Gary is well known for his humor, he always had a joke or a laugh to share.
On his vacations to the oceans of Mexico, the people would point to him saying, “He happy man”, then point to Holly and say, “You lucky lady”.
Gary’s light will be missed by many but his memories will live on forever.
Gary is preceded in death by his parents, Irving Jerzak and Ruth (Boulton) Jerzak of Minneota; also by his grandson Silas Lee Goodyear.
He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Holly (Jahn) Jerzak of Alexandria.
His children Jeremiah (Leah) Jerzak of Duluth, MN, Amber (Aaron) Goodyear of Chaska, MN, and Kristy (Scott) Quast of Litchfield, MN. Also his grandchildren, Aurora, Eva Rose, Gwenlee, Kobe, Josie, Elijah, and Mason.