Jerry J. Karaus 1942–2020 Owatonna—Jerry J. Karaus, 77, of Owatonna, died Thursday, July 23, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born November 30, 1942, in Owatonna, the son of James C. and Evelyn D. (Ribbe) Karaus. Jerry graduated from Ellendale High School in 1960. On September 8, 1962, he married Judith A. Steinberg at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Meriden. Jerry worked for Standard Oil also known as Amoco delivering fuel first to local farmers and then by semi for over 35 years. He later worked for Federated Insurance in maintenance and records for 10 years until his retirement in 2008. Jerry enjoyed spending time up north at his parent's cabin on Lake Inguadona near Longville, snowmobiling, woodworking and socializing. He often enjoyed Sunday morning breakfast after church at the Kernel. Jerry was often asked by his wife, children, grandchildren and friends to create items from DIY ideas they brought him. He was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, Ellendale. He was a former church council member and cemetery board member. Jerry maintained the church and cemetery lawn. He also started the cemetery flower program. He was also a member of the Eagles Club in Owatonna. Jerry is survived by his wife, Judy of Owatonna; children, Julie (Jeff) Perkins of Lakeville and their children, Acacia Perkins of Chanhassen and Derek Perkins of St. Louis Park; Jodie (Rich) Swearingen of Rosemount and their children, Ashley and Kyle Swearingen of Rosemount; siblings, Janet Sargent of Owatonna, James E. Karaus of Lake Havasu City, AZ and Jackie (Ed) Winzenberg of Owatonna; siblings-in-law, Paul Steinberg, Sally Gwin, Richard (Janet) Steinberg, Susan Knippel, Todd (Kathy) Steinberg and Kerry (Tracy) Steinberg; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, James C. and Evelyn Karaus; parents-in-law, Emil and Lucille Steinberg. Visitation will be at Michaelson Funeral Home on Monday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and one hour prior to the service at the church. An outdoor funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Zion Lutheran Church, 7126 SW 98th Street rural Ellendale with The Reverend Dean Smith officiating. Interment will be in the church grounds at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in rural Ellendale. Following the services there will be an outdoor luncheon at the church. Memorials are preferred to a hospice organization, Zion Lutheran Church, Ellendale or donor's choice. Due to the Governor's Executive Order, face masks are required by everyone attending the services.
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