Gerald "Jerry" Hyland passed away on Friday, June 2, 2017, at Cottagewood Senior Communities in Rochester after a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Jerry was born in Hayfield on his grandparent's farm to Stanley and Elvina Hyland on March 21, 1945.
He graduated from Hayfield High School in 1963. After graduation, he attended Rochester Junior College. He married Virginia "Ginny" Haugen, his high school sweetheart, and they were inseparable. They were married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hayfield on June 18, 1967. They had two children, Kimberly (Jon) Jacobson of Hayfield, and Kelly (Jim) Pratt of Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Jerry was employed by Praxair for 36 years and wore many hats. He worked in numerous areas throughout the company and held several management positions. During his high school years, he enjoyed playing in the Talisman band with fellow classmates. He also played drums for several years within the family band, the Shades of Country, where he was joined by his dad, brother and sister. He always enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing up north, and hunting in his woods.
Jerry was a lifelong member of West St. Olaf Lutheran Church and held positions such as President, Council and Choir member.
He is survived by his wife, Ginny; his two daughters, Kim and Kelly; grandchildren, Morgan and Parker Jacobson, and Lauren and Ryan Pratt; two stepgrandchildren, Andrew and Michael Pratt; sister, Sheila (Michael) Kyllo of Hayfield; and brother, Gene (Sue) Hyland of Hayfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Elvina Hyland.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at Czaplewski Family Funeral Home 501 Second St.NW, Hayfield, and an hour before the funeral Wednesday at the church. The funeral will be held at at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 7, at West St. Olaf Lutheran Church, 70640 260 Ave., Hayfield.
Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Blessed be his memory.