Jerold Jerome Monson, 92, of Crookston passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning July 19, 2022 at Benedictine Living Community Crookston with his family by his side.
Jerold was born on the family farm of his parents, Carl B. and Myrtle (Bartz) Monson, near Fertile, on August 24, 1929. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, began his education at a country school neighbor and later attended Fertile-Beltrami High School. Jerold worked on area farms for a few years until he joined the U.S. Army on September 18, 1951. He served overseas in Korea during the Korean War with the 5th Army, 2nd Division, 37th Battalion , as an artillery specialist. He received his honorable discharge on May 28, 1953 and returned home. For his service to his country, Cpl Jerold J. Monson received the Korean Service Medal with three bronze stars and the United Nations Service Medal, as well as several commendations.
On September 9, 1953, Jerold was married to the love of his life, Loretta Mae Ruther, at First Evanger Church in Fertile. They made their first home near Fertile until moving to Crookston six months later. Their marriage would be blessed with the birth of a son, Nathan, and a daughter, Nerissa. Jerold was employed on a farm near Crookston for several years while working on various construction jobs during the winter months. In 1958 he started working at Crookston Mill Works, then in 1978 became a carpenter for Agassiz Construction until his retirement in 1991.
Jerold loved being outdoors, whether fishing or hunting, but he was definitely in his glory when tending to his corn, tomato and vegetable garden or his beautiful flower beds. He also enjoyed building model airplanes and cars and listening to country western music. He was a member of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior and the American Legion Post 20 and the VFW Post 1902 of Crookston. Jerold was devoted to his family, and he and Loretta were very proud of the accomplishments of their children, Nate and Nerissa, and of their families which grew to include wonderful wives and the most beautiful grandchildren and great-grandchildren that we can hope. Sadly, Loretta passed away on July 25, 2005.
Left to mourn Jerold’s passing, while giving thanks for sharing his life, are his two children: Nathan Monson and his wife, Leighan, of West Fargo, ND and Nerissa LaCoursiere and her husband, Michael of Oklee; six grandchildren: David (Liz) Monson, Andrew (Melissa) Monson, Mitchele (Stacey) LaCoursiere, Samantha (Michael) Pinter, Melissa (Zach) Nelson and Anthony LaCoursiere; and 10 great-grandchildren: Owen Monson, Jaden, Zachary and Lane Nelson, Annika, Natalie, Owen and Caleb Pinter, and Aisley and Eliana LaCoursiere. He is also survived by one brother and one sister-in-law, Arvid (Priscilla) Monson de Fertile; and two sisters, Elaine Larson of Fertile and Joyce Priewe of Lake Park; as well as several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
In addition to Loretta, his beloved wife of 51 years, Jerold was predeceased by his grandson, David Monson; parents, Carl and Myrtle Monson; sister, Marlene Monson; brother and sister-in-law, Clayton (Norma) Monson; and brothers-in-law, Maynard Larson and Roger Priewe. May God richly bless the memory of Jerold Jerome Monson.
A memorial service celebrating Jerold’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, July 25, 2022, at Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston with the Reverend Jeff Brown officiating. Family visits will take place one hour before the service. The funeral will be streamed live by going to Jerold’s obituary page at www.stenshoelhouske.com and clicking on the prompt to view. Interment will be in Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston, with military honors provided by the Moorhead National Guard Funeral Honors Team and the Crookston Veterans Council.