AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Jerry Koolmo, of Mora, passed away on Friday, February 3, 2017 at his home in Mora. He was 88 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Mora with Rev. Dean Oelfke officiating.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
INURNMENT will be held in the spring at the Minnesota State Veteran’s Cemetery at Little Falls.
MEMORIALS are preferred to the Calvary Lutheran Mission Endowment fund in lieu of flowers.
Jerome Orval Koolmo, of Mora, MN passed away on Friday, February 3, 2017 at his home. He was 88 years old.
Jerry was born on June 8, 1928 in Menomonie, WI to parents Ole and Esther (Hendrickson) Koolmo. He grew up on the farm near Menomonie and graduated high school there. He served in Okinawa during the Korean War (1951-52). He met Carole in December of 1976 and they married in April of 1977. Jerry had 4 children Marvin, Marilyn, Mari Jo and Michael; and Carole had 4 children Loren, Becky, Dale and Steven from previous marriages. For 30 years he worked at Ford Motor Co. in St. Paul, repairing new cars as they came off the line; retiring in 1982. Jerry and Carole had a lot on Knife Lake and in 1978 they started building their home, doing all the work themselves. They moved there August 1982.
In 1983 they went to Arizona to visit their kids who were into Flea Marketing. The kids had bought some Mexican blankets and Carole and Jerry took them home to sell. That was the beginning of their “Flea Market Fever” and for the next 16 years they sold at Flea Markets all over the U.S. Their first sale was in Monticello, MN when gas was $1.39 and their gross sales were $5.00. They hung in there though and needless to say, things got much better after that. They worked many KLSC Flea Markets, Pancake Breakfasts and Bake Sales as well as being on the Christmas Committee. They also kept busy with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In their “spare time” they were active in F.I.S.H., The Senior Federation and Habitat for Humanity.
Jerry is preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Constance, David, Clarice, Merlin, Larry, Norma, Phyllis, and John; brothers-in-law, Marvin, Ralph, Clyde, and Arthur.
He is survived by his wife Carole; children, Marvin (Rozane) Koolmo, Marilyn (Greg) Christensen, Mari Jo Williams, Michael (Sally) Koolmo, Loren Etter, Becky (Rick) Strandberg, Dale (Marla) Etter, and Steven Etter; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; siblings, Eileen Oestreich, Jeanette Supri, Marvel (Frank) Korbel, Shirley (Larry) Neisinger, Lucille Moore, and Karen (Barry) Wold; sisters-in-law, Virginia Koolmo, Margaret Koolmo, and Sylvia Koolmo; many nieces, nephews, his special fur friend Angel; other relatives and friends.