Gerald E. "Jerry" MAHLKE

Age 83 Of Woodbury, MN & Tucson, AZ on July 30, 2013, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's. Preceded in death by first wife and best friend Jeanine, and parents Walter and O'Tillie. Loving husband of Bev (nee Hilden); father and friend of Jerry (Lisa), Susan (Dwight), Sheryl, John (Lynnette), Sally (Mark), in addition to 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Also survived by step-children Missy (Brian), Beth (Scott), and Angie (Nico), along with 7 step grandchildren, 2 step-great grandchildren, and many friends and relatives. Visitation on Sunday, September 1, 2013 from 2:00-3:30 PM at Woodbury Lutheran Church, 7380 Afton Rd, Woodbury, MN, with Memorial Service beginning at 4:00 PM at the church. 28 year employee of Dahlen Transport in Newport, MN, eventually becoming its President, until retiring in 1986. Retirement did not last long when he found a new passion as the owner of The Drummer Boy Gift and Decorating Store in Woodbury. Jerry was a people person and people enjoyed coming to his store, partly for the merchandise, but mostly to be able to chat with Jerry. He was also very active in his church home at Woodbury Lutheran. In 2000 Jerry chose to enjoy his life in retirement with his second wife, Bev. They enjoyed traveling, wintering in Arizona, and doting on their children, grandchildren & great grandchildren. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.

Published in Pioneer Press from Aug. 18 to Aug. 25, 2013