Jerald was born at home 3/4 miles north and 1 1/4 miles east of KJAN. He still lives there-never lived anywhere else. He was the next youngest of 2 boys and 3 girls. Sister Gwen, 10 years older, lives in the Atlantic Nursing Home, where Jerald visits her almost daily. The others are deceased. His father, who only had one arm, farmed, and his mother was a housewife. Jerald learned how to milk cows when he was 7, and helped with a lot of farm work. He remembers making 50 cents an hour working for the neighbors. He attended Country School, 1 block west of home, through the 8th grade. He then attended Atlantic High School, graduating in 1958. His favorite subjects were math and science. Jerald has had several jobs over the years, the first one refurbishing bowling pins for Ron King’s father. He once had a patent on a new bowling pin, however it was too expensive to produce. In addition he worked for the railroad, did landscaping for Pellett Gardens, worked for Midwest Distributing, Payless Cashway Lumber, and the Beef Plant in Oakland, until they went broke. He then went to work for Wayne Feed Mill for 31 years, where among other things he ran the fork lift and organized the warehouse. He was on their softball and bowling teams, until he retired in 2006. He now helps Cousin Jim Frisbie with the farm work and keeps up his property. The farm he lives on is 58 acres and he has another farm 3/4 miles west of the Valley, which is 120 acres.
Since retirement, Jerald has been busy. The year he retired he rode with a group of 12 across the United States. He has done a lot of biking, including RAGBRAI at least 10 years. He also did a 24-hour ride in Eldridge. Weather hampered the ride, however he was able to do 213 miles. Other trips include to Texas to see the Alamo, an inside passage cruise to Alaska, and his favorite trip, 9000 miles south to Antarctica, where he shopped in the southern most gift shop in the world. He has also traveled to the Lake of the Woods in Minnesota, West Virginia on a mission trip, where they put 700 back packs together, and to visit 10 parks in 4 states in the SW part of our country. In 2010 he journeyed to Colorado and climbed Pikes Peak (14,110 feet). This in preparation for a trip to Africa, in hopes of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Here he climbed by himself with a guide and made it to 15,400 feet of the 19,341 foot hill. Jerald also has a 1953 International Super M tractor. Besides some local rides, in 2013 he rode in the WHO tractor ride out of Mason City. Lots of trips—shows you what a bachelor can do!
Jerald is a lifelong member of Zion. In the past he taught Sunday School, ushered, served on the Outreach committee, and is currently serving his 2nd term as Property Chairman. He also belongs to the Men’s Club. Jerald is chairman of the Sr. Center, where meals are available Tuesday thru Friday. The meal is followed by a time of fellowship, including cards, dominos and puzzles. Jerald is also a member of the Lion’s Club. Someday he would like to go to Hawaii.
We wish him God’s Blessings in the years ahead, and thank him for his service to Zion.