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Michael Ray Jesperson, age 56 of St. Michael, Minnesota, passed away January 13, 2023.

He was born on March 2, 1966 in Edina, Minnesota to Russell and Shirley (Hasken) Jesperson. He grew up in Grand Rapids, where he graduated from high school with the class of 1984. He was proud to be a member of the state championship baseball team his senior year.

On May 23, 1987, he was joined in marriage with his high school sweetheart, Penelope Kujala in Bovey, MN. The two met while they were young teens, and they knew that they were meant to spend their lives together. They made their forever home in St. Michael in 1993 where they raised their family.

Michael was a hardworking, humble, and caring person. He had an incredible work ethic and always put in his best effort on the job; his skills are unmatched and he will be hard to replace. He was a man of intention, whether it was forming lifelong relationships, or simply doing basic tasks, he did things with a purpose.

He absolutely loved music, especially U2 and Bruce Springsteen. He attended many concerts, and also had a love for Minnesota sports. He was a big Twins and Gopher fan, and of course, a Vikings fan. Michael helped his grandsons learn and appreciate the game of baseball by personally coaching them. He loved spending as much time as he could with them and sharing his baseball passion.

He is preceded in death by his father, Russell Jesperson; and grandparents Edna Jesperson, Lewis Jesperson, and Raymond & Cleone Hasken.

Michael is survived by his wife, Penny; children, Amanda Marilyn (Kenny) Schmidt, Kathryn Teresa (Cameron Johnson) Jesperson; grandchildren, Pacey, Porter Mikael, and Marilyn; mother, Shirley Jesperson Carpenter; siblings, Natalie (Sandy) Hoff, Teresa Jesperson (Stephens), Jeffrey Jesperson, Susan (Bryan) Bocht, and Ross Jesperson; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family who will be creating a ‘Papa Michael for the Love of Baseball’ baseball fund in Michael’s name.

Visitation will be held Friday, January 20, 2023 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at The Peterson Chapel in St. Michael/Albertville. Funeral service will be held Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 11:30 AM with visitation one hour prior at The Peterson Chapel of St. Michael/Albertville. Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery. The family encourages family and friends to wear Gopher, Twins  apparel or their favorite band shirts at the service to honor Michael.

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

14 Guestbook Entries

  1. Ron and Karen wiese

    Y!all are in our thoughts and prayers, peace be with you from Spring Hill, Tn.

  2. Richard Kottke

    Prayers, keep that great laugh and smile, loves. Hope you and Randy are hugging!!!!

  3. Richard Kottke

    Prayers, keep that great laugh and smile, Loves. Hope you and Randy are Hugging and listening to Jethro Tull!!!!

  4. Mari Peloquin

    I am so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. I can only imagine how much he will be missed. Please let me know if there is anything I can do at this time or in the future. You are all very special to me.


  5. krissy ojeda

    Penny, my heart goes out to you and your loved ones. I am so sorry for your loss and will be praying that God will comfort you all during this time.

  6. Dawn Freeman

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I worked with Mike for several years at Caterpillar. He was the nicest guy you would ever want to know and he talked about the band U2 all the time! Mike will truly be missed.

  7. Sharon Ciccone

    Penny and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Mike’s passing. Please know you all will be in my prayers.

  8. Lisa (Kasper) Adams

    I am praying for all of you to feel the love and comfort only Jesus can provide during this difficult time and in all the days ahead. I went to school with Mike and remember his infectious smile and pleasant, welcoming character. Please say “hi” to Natalie, and give her a hug for me. My late husband, Glen (also 56), and I used to see her every night at Country Kitchen in Grand Rapids in the mid-80’s. Best waitress ever!

  9. Lisa (Kasper) Adams

    The good men perish; the godly die before their time and no one seems to care of wonder why. No one seems to realize that God is taking them away from evil days ahead. For the godly who die shall rest in peace. Isaiah 57:1-2

  10. Laura Warner

    Penny, I am so sad about Mike. I can’t imagine what you and your family are going through. I am glad that your girls are so close and that you can support each other. So many are praying for you all. Please let me know if you need anything at all. God bless.❤️

  11. Julie Jesperson Effertz

    I am so sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. I am his second cousin and I remember playing with him as a child when he stayed with Aunt Shirley (Violet) Jesperson. The Lester James Jesperson family is praying for you during this difficult time.

  12. JJ Witherspoon

    Penny and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. Natalie Bullock Gansop

    Please accept my condolences for yourself and your family’s loss. I am very sorry that you are all experiencing this. I wish you peace and love.

  14. Russell Peterson

    So sorry for Mike’s passing. He was a wonderful man. Sending you all love and hugs.


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