Jerome Blaskowski

Jerome Blaskowski

Jerome C. Blaskowski, 85, a resident of Sauk Centre, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 surrounded by his family at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.
A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the St. Pauls Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. Rev. Dick McGuire officiated. Burial with military honors was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls. Visitation was from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and
8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Sauk Centre. Parish prayers were at 5 p.m. followed by the Sauk Centre United Veterans prayer service at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.
Jerome Clifford was born Sept. 25, 1928, in Jamestown, N.D. to Felix and Lucille (Schwartz) Blaskowski. He grew up on a farm near Buchanan, N.D. and the family moved to Brainerd in 1935. He began school in Brainerd and in 1940 the family moved to a farm near Sedan, where he finished school.
In the fall of 1951 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the Korean Conflict until he was honorably discharged in 1953. On September 6, 1954 he was united in marriage to Mildred Joan Johnson at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Glenwood. That same fall he began driving a gas transport hauling Standard Oil products for Ruan for nine years. He later drove for Standard Oil Company until his retirement in 1984. After his retirement he worked part-time for Mike Klaphake, Silver Fir Sales and Cabinet Components.
As a young man, he hunted mink and pheasants with his brother. He also enjoyed restoring Willys Army Jeeps, which he had driven in Korea. There he had chauffeured John Eisenhower in a Willys Jeep when Eisenhower visited his area.
He was a member of St. Pauls Catholic Church, American Legion Post 67 and was a 50-year member of the Paul F. Donart VFW Post 2853.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Blaskowski of Sauk Centre; three children, Julie Denk of Sauk Centre, Tim (Sharon) Blaskowski of Melrose and Norman Blaskowski of Sauk Centre; four grandchildren, Rodney (Lucinda) Denk, Michael (Amy) Blaskowski, Christopher (Nicole) Blaskowski and David (Amanda) Blaskowski; two great-granddaughters, Claire and Ava, and one on the way; sisters, Celesta Doege and Eleanor Berggren, both of Glenwood; brother, Felix (Mercida) Blaskowski of Glenwood; sister-in-law, Betty Blaskowski of Farwell; and many nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Stanley and Alfred Blaskowski; sisters, Pat Huerkamp and infant Roseanne; sister-in-law, Lillian Blaskowski; brothers-in-law, Albert Doege, Pep Berggren and Alvin Huerkamp.
Serving as casket bearers were his grandsons, Rodney Denk, Mike, Chris and David Blaskowski and his nephews, Grant Blaskowski and Jerry Huerkamp.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.

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