Gerald Robert “Jerry” Mahlberg, 76, Luverne, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church in Luverne. Burial with full military honors will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne.
Jerry Mahlberg was born to Eric and Mildred (Carlson) Mahlberg on Nov. 15, 1940, in Worthington. He was raised in Worthington and attended Worthington High School, graduating in 1958. After high school Jerry enlisted in the United States Navy in July of 1958. He was stationed on the USS Lexington and worked as a specialist mechanic in maintenance of aircraft.
He was united in marriage in 1960 though they later divorced. Jerry was honorably discharged on July 30, 1961, and settled in Fremont, California, where he began his employment with United Airlines as a lead mechanic at their maintenance base in San Francisco. He also completed a two-year aeronautics technical program in California. Jerry specialized in sheet metal work with jet engines.
In 1996 he moved to Avon, Indiana, continuing as lead mechanic on jet engines and serving as a floater and observer of airframe quality checks. He retired in 1999.
Jerry’s passion for engines carried over to his lifetime hobby of fixing and restoring cars. He co-founded the LOBES Hot-rod Club in Worthington and raced many cars over the years, proudly belonging to the “Low Buck” racing team. He eventually moved to Luverne, where his sister lived, in 2010. Jerry became a resident of the Minnesota Veterans Home in June of 2013. In the spring of 2016, Jerry became a resident at Golden Living Center in Slayton.
Jerry is survived by his daughter, Robin (David) Elgin, Fremont, California; three granddaughters, Corrine, Carly, and Candice; a sister, Signe (Buck) Underwood, Luverne; and two brothers, Doug (Andrea) Mahlberg, Portland, Oregon, and Steven (Jean) Mahlberg, Littleton, Colorado.
Arrangements were by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.