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Gerald Paul Dunn, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great grandfather, passed away on February 18, 2024, at the age of 87. Born on November 30, 1936, in Barrett, Minnesota, Gerald was the son of Paul and Augusta (DeVries) Dunn.

Gerald grew up on the family farm and attended high school in Barrett. In 1958, he answered the call to serve his country by enlisting in the Army, where he served with honor until his discharge in 1963.

Gerald met the love of his life, Janice Mack, and the two were united in marriage in St. Paul on September 5, 1970. Their love and devotion to each other were evident to all who knew them, and they cherished every moment they shared together.

Throughout his career, Gerald worked as a dedicated truck driver, initially with Murphy Motor Freights and later with Consolidated Freight Ways. His commitment to his profession was unparalleled, earning him the remarkable achievement of surpassing over 1,000,000 accident-free miles on the road.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Gerald enjoyed playing cribbage, trying his luck at the casino, and spending quality time with his family. A proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous for over 50 years, Gerald’s strength and resilience were an inspiration to many.

Although he possessed a tough exterior, those who knew Gerald understood that beneath it lay a heart of gold, gentle and caring like a teddy bear. He valued the moments spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, creating memories that will be cherished for generations to come.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Augusta; brother, Verle; and sisters, Darlene, Carol, and Joyce.

Gerald is survived by his loving wife, Janice; son, Rob (Jessy); stepchildren, Kathy (Ralph), Dale (Judy), Cindy (Ed), Jeannie (Joe); 5 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; brother, Roy; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 11:00 AM with visitation one hour prior at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hanover. Military honors will conclude the service.  Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of St. Michael-Albertville. Online condolences for the family may be directed to


5 Guestbook Entries

  1. 10148554 Sheri Smith

    Gerry was one of the first members of the Cottages of Albertville to welcome me.
    Sweet sweet man. He will be missed.

  2. Gerald Bromen

    The entire cribbage crew at the senior center in St. Michael will miss Jerry. Always a joy to sit at the same table with him. Cheerful in winning and even when losing. He was fun to be around. A giant of a man with a heart and smile as big as the room.

  3. Terry and Maureen Volker

    Our sympathy to all of Gerald’s family. We keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Linda Pengra

    My deepest sympathy to Jerry’s family. I will remember him with a smile on his face and a heart of gold. He will be truly missed.

  5. Lois Hills

    Jerry was such a kind sweet man. My father and I enjoyed stopping in for a chat on our way to get the mail. His love for his wife shined like a bright star as well as hers for him. Loved his stories and his laugh. Always so kind and made you feel so welcome. Not just a past neighbor. But a friend but considered him family. Well that’s how he made one feel. He’ll be missed dearly.


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