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Jerry Allen Bobeldyk

October 30, 1946 April 25, 2016
Jerry Allen Bobeldyk
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Obituary for Jerry Allen Bobeldyk

Worthington, MN


      Jerry Allen Bobeldyk, 69, of Worthington, MN died Monday, April 25, 2016 at Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington due to congestive heart disease. He was born October 30, 1946 in Hudson, SD to John M. Bobeldyk and Tillie (Keizer) Bobeldyk. Jerry attended Inwood Public School starting at the age of four and later graduated from West Lyon High School in Inwood in 1964. The following year, Jerry enlisted in the United States Air Force and spent four years serving our country. After receiving an honorary discharge, Jerry enrolled in Nettleton College in Sioux Falls, SD and received his A.A. in accounting. Upon graduation, Jerry began his career in healthcare administration at the Luverne hospital as head of the accounting department.

      On April 5, 1974, Jerry married Ora Snyder in Edgerton, MN. In 1979, they moved to Slayton after Jerry’s hiring as the Murray County Memorial Hospital Administrator. During his 21 year tenure, one of the highlights was the citing of the hospital as one of the country’s top 100 rural hospitals. In 2002, Jerry and Ora moved to Worthington where he worked for the Prairie Holdings Group as finance controller until his retirement in 2012.

      Jerry was an Elvis fan, collected many model cars and enjoyed selling items on eBay. The joys of his life were his grandchildren Grace, Ella, Kenslee and Jerrett. He was always known for his quick humor and for being a friend to everyone he met.

      Jerry was an active member of the American Reformed Church in Worthington where he enjoyed serving as elder on the consistory.

      Jerry is survived by his wife Ora; his son Mike and his wife Beth along with their two children Grace and Ella of Cedar Falls, IA; his son Tim and his wife Kati along with their two children Kenslee and Jerrett of Slayton, MN; sister Marcella Gerritson of Rapid City, SD; in-laws Audrey and Clyde DeBoer and Larry and Beva Snyder, all of Edgerton, MN

      He is preceded in death by his mother Tillie, father John and brother in-law Tom.

      Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 28, 2016 at the American Reformed Church in Worthington. Pastor Irwin VanLeeuwen to officiate. Pall Bearers are Clyde DeBoer, Larry Snyder, Jeff Snyder, Leo Bosma, Jeff Buysman, Ron Baumgard and Joe Yeske. A private burial will be at Hillside Cemetery in Edgerton, MN.

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