Jerald “Jerry” Holthusen of Grygla, MN, 72, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks, ND.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN, with Rev. Kristin Ostercamp officiating. Burial will follow at Rosebud Cemetery, Thorhult, MN.
Visitation will take place one hour prior to the funeral service at the funeral home on Saturday.
Jerald Royal Holthusen was born on March 23, 1948 in Thief River Falls, MN, to Royal and Ardell (Grondahl) Holthusen. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Jerry graduated from Goodridge High School in 1966.
On July 3, 1971, Jerry was united in marriage to Vicki Hanson. Together they had three daughters – April, Jolene, and Amy.
Jerry worked for the State of Minnesota after graduation, then went to work for Wheelers Logging. He worked for Holthusen Construction until 1972 when he went to work for Elgin Construction and Earl Woods Logging. Jerry also worked for Thorson Construction and farmed for Richie Engelstad. In 1985 he went to work for Marvin Windows in Warroad until 1994. He was an over-the-road truck driver for Tri-Campbell Farms in Grafton, ND until 2002. Until retirement, Jerry worked for Zavoral Construction. Following retirement, he continued to work part-time for Moe Logging and Holthusen Construction.
Jerry enjoyed hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, listening to the music of all genres, and just being outdoors. He was an excellent carpenter, mechanic, and avid reader.
Jerry is survived by his daughters, April (Andrew) Schneider of Vadnais Heights, MN, Jolene Holthusen of Grygla, MN, and Amy (Craig) Conner of Buxton, ND; mother, Ardell (Grondahl) Holthusen Roen of Thief River Falls, MN; former wife, Vicki Lott of Nikiski, AK; sisters, Pam Hogenson (Roger Hoeper) of Stephen, MN, Vickie Ruud of Gatzke, MN, Lori (Robert) Nordby of Moundsview, MN; grandchildren, Kayla, Grace, Claire, and Lily Schneider, William Holthusen, and Jack, Sophia, Evelyn, and Oliver Conner; best friends, Darald (Lorraine) Holthusen and Billy (Phyllis) Wikert, both of Grygla, MN; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Royal; step-father, Philip Roen; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clarence and Adeline Hanson; brothers-in-law, Michael Hogenson, Neil Hanson, and DelRay Ruud; grandparents, Fred and Ida Holthusen, Henry and Bertha Grondahl; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.