Gerald J. Lies, 87
April 2, 1926 - October 3, 2013
Gerald (Gerry) Lies, age 87, of South Haven died Thurs- day, October 3, 2013 at Hilltop Care Center in Watkins.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 7, 2013 at St. Anne Catholic Church, Kimball with Fr. Thomas Olson officiating. Entombment will follow at St. Anne Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Kimball and one hour prior to services Monday at the church. There will be a prayer service 6 p.m. Sunday.
Gerald James Lies was born April 2, 1926 in South Haven to Joseph and Dorothy (Krueger) Lies. He graduated from Annandale High School in the Class of 1943. He served his country in the U.S. Navy
during World War II
. He was stationed on the island of Mog Mog, a part of the Ulithi Atoll in the western Pacific. On December 15, 1949, Gerry was united in marriage to Edith May Elliott at St. Columbus Catholic Church in St. Paul.
Following WWII, he entered a grocery partnership with his father in J. G. Lies & Son. A meat processing and locker plant was added to the store. He was well known for his sausage-making and meat cutting. When his father retired, a newly remodeled store was opened as Lies Meats and Groceries. He and his wife, Edi, enjoyed working together throughout most of his career. Gerry was an active member of South Haven VFW
Post 7332 for 51 years. He held several offices for the City of South Haven and was a member of the South Haven School Board. He served as a volunteer for the South Haven Fire Department for over 30 years.
He and Edi enjoyed traveling over the years with family and friends. His favorite places were the National Parks, Branson and Grand Marais. Gerry loved listening to music, singing and gathering around the piano with his family. As a young man, he sang in the church choir for many years. Gerry loved watching and playing sports, especially baseball. He was a pitcher for the South Haven ball club, Central Mini League, during the 40's and 50's and was a huge fan of the Minnesota Twins. He especially enjoyed playing an evening game of softball with the South Haven kids. He enjoyed pitching horseshoes and playing basketball, pool, golf, tennis and croquet. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his wife and family and playing games with his daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Gerry is survived by his wife Edi; daughters and their spouses Sharon & Art Meier of Roseville, Sandra & Dean Hawkinson of Elk River and Sheila & Dan Scrabeck of Rochester; brother and his spouse Don & Jeanne Lies of Sun City, CA; sister-in-law Judy Lies of Eau Claire, WI; four grandchildren Anne Reed, Heidi Bentz, Kara Schuster and Brent Hawkinson; seven great grandchildren Megan and Ali Reed, Calvin and Kaitlyn Bentz, Clark and Oliver Hawkinson, and Caden Schuster. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Joe Lies and sister Harriet ies.
Pallbearers will be Brent Hawkinson, Calvin Bentz, Darren Bentz, Scott Reed, Cory Schuster and John Lemke. Art Meier soloist, Frosty Schiefelbein organist, and St. Anne's Choir will provide the music for the service. The Minnesota National Guard Honor Guard will provide Military Funeral Honors and the arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.
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