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Published February 11, 2013, 12:00 AM

Jay W. Gerrells

Jay W. Gerrells, longtime Devils Lake resident and businessman, passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the Heartland Care Center, Devils Lake. He was 82 years old.

Funeral Services on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Devils Lake with burial in the Devils Lake Cemetery. Friends may call at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. and on Wednesday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.

Jay W. Gerrells

Jay W. Gerrells, longtime Devils Lake resident and businessman, passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at the Heartland Care Center, Devils Lake. He was 82 years old.

Funeral Services on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Devils Lake with burial in the Devils Lake Cemetery. Friends may call at the Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. and on Wednesday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service.

Jay William Gerrells was born on February 14, 1930 in Fargo, ND to C.E. “Hoopty” and Irene (Johnson) Gerrells. Jay grew up in Fargo and then Bismarck before the family moved to Devils Lake in the summer of 1946. After graduating from Devils Lake High School in 1947, Jay helped out at the local Firestone Store where his father was the manager and part owner. He attended Lake Region Junior College where he played Basketball, and then later attended the University of North Dakota. It was during this time that Jay met Mavis June Garske. They fell in love and were married on October 20th, 1950.

During the Korean Conflict, Jay’s National Guard Unit was called to active duty and he was stationed at Camp Rucker, Alabama. After his time in the Army, Jay and Mavis moved back to Devils Lake and made a life for themselves. Jay went to work for Gerrells and Company in 1952, working alongside his father and mother, selling tires, appliances, boats and sporting goods, eventually becoming a partner in the business. When his father retired in the mid-60’s, Jay became the sole owner of the business and transitioned the business into exclusively sporting goods. He also started three other sporting goods stores in North Dakota, including Gerrells Sports Center in Grand Forks and GP Sporting Goods in Bismarck and Dickinson. He also was a partner in Training Room, Inc., a tape and first aid business out of Fargo. Mavis passed away December 5, 2012.

Jay was preceded in death by his parents; Mavis his wife of 62 years and an infant son, Steven.

He is survived by children, Judy Gerrells, Minneapolis, MN, Scott Gerrells (Kristie), Devils Lake and Lorrie Pescion, Fargo, ND; brother Bill Gerrells (Judy) of Vergus, MN; sister Barbara Butts (Duane) of Minot, ND; four grandchildren and a great granddaughter.

Friends may sign the online register book and share memories at www.gilbertsonfuneralhome.com

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