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February 22, 1951 – Monday, January 13, 2014

Service Information

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Visitation Information

Jerald Arne Kotila, age 62, of Plymouth passed away on Monday, January 13th, 2014 at his residence.

He was born on February 22, 1951 in Minneapolis the son of Arne L. & Gertrude M. (Magdal) Kotila.

Jerald was formerly employed in the warehouse at Goodyear Tire for twenty-five years.

Jerry spent over forty years exploring the beauty and wonder of the Boundary Waters as well as the many lakes and rivers of Minnesota-canoeing, camping, dog sledding, bow hunting, snow shoeing and cross country skiing.

He always had an Alaskan malamute at his side. He loved reading, photography, journaling and being one with nature.

He gave generously to a variety of charities and organizations throughout his life time.

Survived by his mother: Gertrude M. Kotila of Buffalo, Minnesota; a brother: Wayne (Lynette) Kotila of Buffalo, Minnesota; sisters: Karen (Ray) Miller and Susan Kotila both of Big Lake, Minnesota, Nancy (Dennis) Murray of Ridgefield, Washington and Trudi Coleman of Delano, Minnesota; a niece: Christina (Shrial) Baksh of Cokato, Minnesota; great nieces: Morgan Hesse, Megan Hesse of Cokato, Minnesota; a great nephew: Jaiden Baksh of Cokato, Minnesota; a nephew: Jeremy Swanson of Otsego; great nephews: Mason Swanson, Hunter Swanson of Otsego, Minnesota; nieces: Jen (Jordan) Sherwood of West St. Paul, Minnesota, Kim Kotila of St. Paul, Minnesota and significant other James Franzen of St. Paul, Minnesota; nephew: Jonathan Murray of Nixa, Missouri; great nephew: Drew Murray of Nixa, Missouri; great niece: Jordan Murray of Nixa, Missouri; nephew: Christopher (Amy) Murray of Vancouver, Washington; great nephews: Matthew Murray, Nicholas Murray and Alexander Murray of Vancouver, Washington; nephew: Joshua Murray of Vancouver, Washington; nephew: David Coleman of Delano, Minnesota; niece: Pamela (Victor) Romero of Rockford, Minnesota; great nephew: Lucas Romero of Rockford, Minnesota; nephew: Benjamin (Carleen) Murray of Eureka, Missouri; great nieces: Aeris Murray and Aeda Murray of Eureka, Missouri; many other uncles, aunts and cousins.

Preceded in death by his father: Arne L. Kotila, special canine companion: Chief, grandparents: Paul Magdal, Ranka Magdal, Miika Kotila and Selena Kotila, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services for Jerald Kotila were held on Thursday, January 30th at 1:00 P.M. at The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Pastor Jef Olson officiated.

Special music was by David Coleman and Pamela Romero.

Interment Riverside Cemetery in French Lake.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Pamela Sue Henry Romero

    I loved you very much Uncle Jerry. My deepest sympathies to you, Grandma, Mom and my aunts and uncle.
    Your Niece, Pam

  2. Del and Anne Strehlow

    So sad and sorry for the loss of your loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Del and Anne Strehlow

  3. Karen Miller

    we will miss you forever.. we loved you very much..

  4. George Magdal

    I remember Jerry from childhood. Funny… but what I remember best what he told me once:
    Birdy birdy in the sky
    drop some white wash in my eye
    I won’t worry, I won’t cry
    I’m just glad that cows don’t fly.
    Silly but very funny to an 8 year old. Every family gathering I would ask about him. That will not change.

  5. Ed and Edith Kienholz

    We always enjoyed visiting with you Jerry & when you didn’t see us you always asked Lynette about us.


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