Jerry Larson, of Mora, owner of Jerry’s Bait, passed away on Monday, June 11, 2012 in Mora, MN. He was 98 yeras old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, June 15, 2012 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home with Rev. Greggory Coop officiating.
VISITATION will be held from 5-7 pm on Thursday, June 14th at the Funeral Home and 1 hour prior to the service.
INTERMENT will be at the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
Jerry E. Larson, owner of Jerry’s Bait in Mora, passed away on Monday, June 11, 2012 in Mora. He was 98 years old.
Jerry was born on April 15, 1914 in St. Paul, MN, the son of Mollie Wallen, he grew up in New Brighton where he attended Edison High. After high school, he attended Dunwoody Institute where he took up auto mechanics. He later operated a garage on Central Ave. in Mpls., called Larson Motors. As a young man, He also worked in Chicago. Jerry enlisted in the United States Army in 1942 and was part of the field artillery in WWII. He spent considerable time in Europe and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Purple Heart and left the service with the rank of sergeant.
In 1947, Jerry was united in marriage to Margaret Magda. They made a home together in Mora for over 50 years and raised three children; Jerry Jr., Patty, and Don “Buzzy”.
In 1946, Jerry purchased a small gas station on the corner of present day Highway 65 and Maple Ave. in Mora and operated it under the name of Jerry’s Service. He serviced cars, sold gas, and then started selling bait to fisherman. It was around this time that Jerry met Bob LeFebvre, and they worked together for the next 40 years, enjoying a lifelong friendship. A couple of years later, he built Jerry’s Bait, just south of the station and shortly after that, the Sportsmen’s Café was added. The corner became a well-known stop, almost nationwide, for travelers and fisherman traveling Hwy 65 to their destinations north. Jerry enjoyed hunting and fishing and exchanging tales and stories with all his customers over the years. He was well known for his sense of humor and storytelling skills. Jerry’s Bait continues to operate today under the management of his son, Don “Buzzy” Larson and granddaughter, Becky Larson.
Jerry also enjoyed a good game of cribbage, cards, or dice and his yearly excursion to Las Vegas with Don. He was a devoted husband and father. Throughout his life, he enjoyed his grandchildren and all the family gatherings around the kitchen table.
Jerry was preceded in death by his wife Margaret, son Jerry Jr., and brother Les.
He is survived by his son Don “Buzzy” (Laura) Larson of Mora and their daughters Rebecca, Jennifer and Katherine; his daughter Patty (Dick) Johnson of Mora and their children Matthew, David and Melinda; along with several nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.