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Jerry K. Kendall

Jerry K. Kendall

Jerry K. Kendall age 81 of Elmwood, passed away on Monday September 9, 2019 at the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home.

Jerry was born March 26, 1938 in Rock Elm Township, rural Elmwood.  He was the son of Donald and Vesta (Van Nortwick) Kendall.  Jerry attended Rock Elm Elementary School and graduated from Elmwood High School in 1956.  He proudly served in the 652nd Army Reserve Engineering Co. from 1956 to 1964.

Jerry married Joyce Holcomb, who he had known his whole life, on July 27, 1957.  They made their home on a farm near Rock Elm where they lived, farmed and raised their three children and spent time with grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Jerry enjoyed spending time with his family, farming, raising horses and fishing.  He had many jobs including working at the feed mill, driving milk truck, driving a bulldozer and driving truck for Norlake prior to working for almost 35 years at the Elmwood School District as a custodian and driving school bus.  Jerry and Joyce had many good times with family and friends, camping, traveling and spending time at the cabin on the lake.

Jerry was baptized, confirmed and married at Rock Elm United Methodist Church where he served as Chairman of the Council and served on other committees

Jerry is survived by his wife Joyce, sons, Steve of Hilo, HI, Scott (Sheryl) of Elmwood; a daughter Cara (Keith) Getschel of River Falls; grandchildren, Denver (Adam) Garfield, Ashlee Kendall (friend Jermaine), Trenton Kendall, Lee Getschel, Lindsay (Chris Gibson) Getschel and Lexy Getschel; great grandchildren Macie, Molly & Eli; d  sister Joyce (La Vere) Wolske, sisters-in-law, Janet (Jerry) Huebner, Doris (John) Hassel), Doris Holcomb & Diann Holcomb along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two infant brothers, parents-in-law, Elmer and Nora Holcomb; brothers-in-law, LeRoy and Dale Holcomb.

The family would like to thank all of the doctors and Mayo Hospice, that attended to Jerry along with all of the caretakers from the Heritage of Elmwood Nursing Home that lovingly cared for him in his final months.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Friday September 13, 2019 at the Rock Elm Methodist Church, rural Elmwood, with burial in the Poplar Hill Cemetery-Rock Elm.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Elmwood and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.


  1. Jill (Baier) Bennwitz

    Joyce & Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time of loss of Jerry. When Mom (Marlene Baier Sabelko) and I visited Jerry at the Nursing Home a couple weeks ago he was so proud to have Mom look at the bus driver picture in his room. May God Bless. Sincerest Sympathy to the entire Kendall Family

  2. Carmen Brookshaw

    Joyce, I’m so sorry to hear about Jerry. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort knowing Jerry is walking with Jesus and free of all his earthly challenges.
    Sending my love , Carmen.

  3. Margery K Robole-Ginsbach

    Our deepest sympathy to Joyce and family, thinking of you.

  4. Suzi Crownhart

    My sympathy to the Kendall Family. Jerry was such a nice guy!

  5. Larry and Jackie Svee

    our condolences to the family.

  6. Gary L Peterson

    Our sympathy to Joyce and the family. Jerry was such a great man and will be greatly missed.

  7. Joe and Jan Drier

    Our Deepest Sympathy to all the Family!

  8. Kenneth Claflin

    Jerry & i worked side by side at the School Dist, Of Elmwood for many years.He liked his Job as l did too. Jerry I hope we will meet in Heaven .we will pray for you & your family ,From Ken &family

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