Jerry J. Harthan, age 65, of Eagan, died on Monday, October 25, 2010, at the Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault. Interment will be at West St. Olaf Cemetery, Kasson.
Memorial visitation will be held for one half hour prior to the service on Saturday.
Jerry Jay, the son of Leland E. and Evelyn B. (Miller) Harthan was born on May 24, 1945 in Mason City, Iowa. He married Carmella M. Vigdahl on August 1, 1971 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Owatonna. He graduated from Clear Lake, IA High School with the class of 1963. He and his father loved airplanes and cars. He built an airplane and worked on V.W.’s. He worked at the bakery in Ventura, IA, Lifetime Motor Homes, Mason City, IA, with the railroad, delivered new recreational vehicles for Winnebago Industries and he was self-employed as a mechanic.
He loved to swim, read books, fly small airplanes, cars, history and movies about history and he loved to travel. He took Spanish in college and as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, he always took an opportunity to informal witness. He kept tracts in his pocket, both English and Spanish. Jerry always had the pioneer spirit and would help the pioneers however he could by driving them out in service, working with them in service, inviting them over for a meal, work on their cars or give advice.
He is survived by his wife, Carmella; one daughter, Carlotta Jo (and Wilson) Quintuna of Burnsville; two grandsons, Jarin and Azariah Quintuna; one sibling, Jan Harthan-Kerdus of Mason City, IA.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jack Harthan; and a sister, Joan Collins.
Name: Shanan Birtcher Anderson
Date: Friday March 11, 2011
Came across an obituary for Jerry tonight. Sorry for your recent loss. How wonderful it will be to see Jerry again in the New World! I look forward to seeing my dad again, after loosing him the resurrection hope becomes so much more meaningful to me. Don't know if you remember me, used to go to quickbuilds with Carlotta, I was from Iowa City. Would love to get back in touch. Please email me. Lots of love, Shanan Birtcher Anderson
Name: Dale Glenn
Date: Friday October 29, 2010
I was sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. I first met Jerry in the 6th grade in Thornton and we had many interesting experiences over the years. He always was and will remain a good friend and will be remembered fondly.
Name: Jon and Mary Lee
Date: Thursday October 28, 2010
Carmella, Carlotta and family - so sorry to hear about your loss. We enjoyed many years as neighbors and have missed you since you moved out of the area. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Name: Cheryl Glenn, Longmont, CO
Date: Thursday October 28, 2010
Dear Carmella and Family, May God be with you and may happy memories sustain you during this difficult time. Cheryl Glenn, class of 63
Name: William G Short
Date: Wednesday October 27, 2010
Got to know jerry and his dad through the Mason City Airport while l was stationed at the Flight Service Station, they were also very good friends of the Late Ralph Bergstrom , a very close friend of Mine. Sorry to hear of your loss. Wm Short