Gerald J. Stocke
September 5, 1930 – November 5, 2020
Gerald J. Stocke, age 90 of Blaine MN passed away peacefully surrounded by family on November 5, 2020 from complications due to COVID-19.
Survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Pat; children, John (Lea), Karen (Roger), Timmy (Karen), Denny (Jeannie) and Jim (Doreen);12 grandchildren, Heather, Jeremy, Danny, Angie, Ryan, Kelly, Justin, Kristin, Charlie, Jill, Laura, Ben and +30 great grandchildren; Siblings, Carol, Ollie; loving relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his father, Clarence, mother, Edith, brother, Dick, sister, Betty, son, Tim.
Dad was a very proud Navy Veteran having served five (5) years during the Korean war. Dad had many different jobs before moving the whole family from Duluth to Blaine in 1963 , working nights as a custodian for the University of Minnesota. Dad spent +26 years with the University and the last of his working years he was the supervisor of the MR shop on the Minneapolis campus.
Mom and Dad traveled with their group of friends around the country and spent their last of the traveling days in Mesa, Arizona.
Dad was a “jack of all trades” who believed there was no such thing as “can’t”. He taught his kids the value of being a hard worker and always to do their best.
A date for a Celebration of Dad’s life has yet to be determined.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Gerald J. Stocke
Rose (Kerber) Pederson
November 20, 2020
Dear Gerry Stocke Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Gerry in the MR Shop at the University of Minnesota some 30 years ago. What fond memories I have working with him. He was always so upbeat and made the job fun. He was like a father figure to me as a recent single mom and he gave lots of car advice as I always had car trouble! He will be missed.
November 15, 2020
Pat, Karen, John, Denny, Jimmy and all the Stocke families.
It is never easy to lose your spouse, dad, grandpa. We search for words to bring you comfort and peace, yet it doesn't seem to be enough.
Gerry was a kind and generous man. He enjoyed life and especially his family. He had a mischievous sense of humor and it would come out of nowhere. When I think of him, he always had candy for any 'kids' or some kind of treat. You didn't tell him no, just thank you. Your reward, besides the candy, a huge grin of delight.
Gerry liked to show you his newest gadget or something he was creating. He was very focused on the details. He could sell ice cubes to a snowman - and he took great pleasure in the game!
I recall some fun rides in the motor home and trips up north. He was a hoot as is Pat.
It will be hard to walk in and not see him in his chair, with mail stacked on either side and the remote in his hand. Or him yelling come on in and waving you to a chair to share some stories.
Hold your memories close. Mix laughter with the tears to find the path to healing. He had so many people waiting at the gates of heaven to have long awaited conversations. On the other hand, each of you has a Guardian Angel to hover over you and keep you safe. He is in your hearts and no one can ever take that away.
Rest in Peace Gerry. You gave it a heck of a fight! Timmy was the first in line to hug and greet you! Love to the entire Stocke Family.
Dawn Schnickels-Johnson 'Schnicks'
November 10, 2020
Our family is so sadden to here of Gerry's passing. He was such a cherished friend to my dad. I loved coming to Hinkley to have dinner with "the group" and hearing all the stories Gerry would tell about their shenanigans from when they were young. He will be so very missed.
Pat and family- you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love to you.