Gerald Stoick


Services for Gerald “Jerry” Stoick, 77, of rural Battle Lake, were Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Battle Lake.

Mr. Stoick died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at the Broen Home in Fergus Falls.

Gerald Dean Stoick was born June 7, 1935 in Nassau, Minn., the son of Gust and Velda (Smith) Stoick. He was baptized and confirmed in the St. James Catholic Church in Nassau. He attended school there and graduated from Marietta High School in 1953. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps for two years serving as a radio operator in Korea. After his discharge he attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, graduating in 1960 with an agricultural engineering degree.

Gerald and Nila Mae Heller were married June 7, 1958 in Revillo, S.D., making their first home in Brookings, S.D., while finishing college.

He worked two summers for Allis Chalmers in Lacrosse, Wis. After graduating, he began his 33 years of employment with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, working in Harlem and Poplar, Mont.; Rosebud, S.D.; then in the area office in Aberdeen, S.D.; followed by Minneapolis, Minn., retiring in July of 1993.

After retirement they built their home on Blanche Lake of rural Battle Lake, wintering since 2002 in the Pine to Palm Resort Park in Weslaco, Texas.

He had a life long love for music, was a drummer for the SDSU Pride of the Dakotas, Battle Lake Community Band, the Rio Grande Valley Band in Texas, and many others in between. He was an active leader with the Lions Club, serving as District Governor in South Dakota (71-72), Boy Scouts (Scoutmaster for over 25 years, and currently a Unit Commissioner), and served in many roles for the American Legion, VFW, Knights of Columbus (Grand Knight), and was an instructor for AARP Defensive Driving.

He enjoyed square dancing since 1966 as a member of many clubs, of late with the Battle Lake Pairs and Squares. He also enjoyed golfing, water skiing, ballroom dancing, card playing, among many other activities. Jerry actively lived out his faith through service in the communities where he lived, as a youth leader in Montana, building the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) in Rosebud, Eucharistic minister in Aberdeen and St. Michael, and currently as an usher at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Battle Lake. Through the years he served as a Fire Chief, managed the Rosebud Spotted Tail golf course, served on the city planning for St. Michael, and other community organizations.

He is survived by his wife, Nila; mother, Velda Stoick of Marietta; six children, Alan (Diane) of Kent, Wash.; Ken (Bonnie) of Monticello, Minn.; Crystal (Scott) Stolle of Aberdeen, S.D.; Dean (Kim) of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Mark (Mary) and Mike (Kari), both of St. Paul; 16 grandchildren, Laura, Marisa, and Logan Stoick; Amber and Kendra Stoick; Mariah, Jessica, and Autumn Stolle; Yanika (Alex) Farmer, Joey and Cassie Stoick; Adeline and Elizabeth Stoick; Lexi Vetsch, Teegan and Sasha Stoick; five brothers and one sister, Ron (Betty) of Albert Lea; David (Millie) and Roger (Kathy) both of St. Michael; Shirley Kelly of Austin, Texas; Dennis (Dorothy) of Marietta, and Rich (Margie) of Houston, Texas; foster brother, Pete (Joan) Frank of Loretto; foster sister, Betty (Dale) Johnson of Blaine.

He was preceded in death by his father Gus Stoick and brother-in-law Jim Kelly.