Gerald Wikstrom

Gerald Wikstrom

Gerald Allen Wikstrom, 85, Coon Rapids, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2021.

A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, at Gearhart Funeral Home (11275 Foley Blvd. NW., Coon Rapids) Visitation will start at 11 a.m. Interment with military honors will be at Morningside Memorial Gardens.

Gerald Wikstrom was born on March 11, 1936, to Julius and Evelyn Wikstrom.

He served in the Army and Army reserves from 1953 until his honorable discharge in 1961.

In 1954 he married Barbara Ann Crocker in Massachusetts and returned to Minnesota, landing first in Minneapolis and later moving his family to Coon Rapids. He worked at Durke Atwood in Redwing for many years and retired in 2002.

He was treasured by family and friends and will be missed by all. His family was very important to him and this was shown by all the “kids” who were “adopted” into the family.

He is survived by his daughters, Evelyn (Danny) Kephart of Luverne, Deanna Gutzmer of Coon Rapids, and Lynn Marie Wikstrom of Madison, South Dakota; son Jerry (Nan) Wikstrom of Blaine; son-in-law Alan VonBehrens; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Evelyn Wikstrom; six brothers; his wife, Barbara, in 2002; son Bobby in 1965; daughter Patricia Avey in 2014; and daughter Debra VonBehrens in 2021.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to his family.

Arrangements are provided by Gearhart Funeral Home of Coon Rapids, www.GearhartFuneralHome.com.

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