Gerald 'Jerry' Tufte

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Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2018 9:42 pm

On Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 Jerry (Gerald) Tufte, 75, ended his battle with cancer at Sanford in Hillsboro, N.D..

Jerry was born to Clarence and Esther (Johnson) Tufte in Brocket, N.D. on July 7, 1943.

Jerry graduated from Lakota High School in 1961 and soon went into the Army as a radio relay and carrier. After serving in the Korean War Jerry returned to the Hillsboro area and remained there till his passing.

After high school Jerry worked in the Furniture business in Grand Forks and Metzger’s in Fargo, worked with NDSU agricultural unit and hauled beets and other produce for farmers. Jerry also owned and operated Jerry’s I-29 Standard Gas Station for many years. Most recently, he retired from Goose River Golf Club as groundskeeper.

Jerry married Dorothea Jackson June 17, 1972. For 46 years they enjoyed their many escapades. Jerry was known to help anyone who was in need. He was able to fix most things no matter the situation.

The local Vets Club was a common place to find Jerry working to serve others. Whatever project was going on, Jerry was there. The Vets Club had a fundraiser this past fall to help the Tuftes with health costs for which they are eternally thankful.

Jerry was preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Esther and brothers, Curtis and Dennis. Survivors include wife, Dorothea, Hillsboro, Step-daughter, Elizabeth Bartel (Gary), Arizona, son, Walter Tufte, brothers, Doug (Judy) and Norris (Cathy), numerous nieces and nephews.

Service honoring Jerry will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Hillsboro. Officiated by Pastor Joe Johnson.

Arrangements entrusted to Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home, Hillsboro. Online Guestbook: www.Boulgerfuneralhome.com.

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