Jerald “Jerry” Cory


Jerald “Jerry” Cory, age 72, of Staples died Saturday, October 10, 2020 at his residence in Staples. Funeral Services will be at 11AM on Monday, October 19, 2020 at Motley Free Methodist Church in Motley. Visitation will be from 5-7PM on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel and will continue one hour prior to services on Monday at the church in Motley. Burial will be in Poplar Cemetery in Leader.

Jerry was born in Wadena on February 19, 1948 to Donald and Maybelle (Dumpprope) Cory. He grew up on the family farm near Leader; as a young boy he could always be found taking things apart and putting them back together. Jerry worked as a machinist for Douglas Tool, until his retirement. He enjoyed tinkering, staying busy tinkering on his Fords, and deep thinking about tinkering. Jerry was always willing to take on a challenge. He was a “Jack of many trades;” building houses and shops for himself along with helping others on their projects. Whether it was plumbing, electricity or any other need. He took great pride in his family and cared for many extended family members throughout the years. Jerry was compassionate, witty, optimistic, loyal, and an inventive perfectionist, who was always willing to lend a helping hand. All who knew him will dearly miss him.

Jerry is survived by his children, Nolan (Carol) Cory of Oregon, Nyrea (Michael) Thielges of Otsego, Nyanne Angell of Georgia, Michelle (Matthew) Lundquist of Staples; significant other, Penny Tester of Staples; siblings, Jayne (Dennis) Hanson of Leader, Keith “George” Cory of Leader, Lola (Mark) Lind of Staples, Marlys (Ted) Utz of Staples; grandchildren, Ariel, Connor, Renisa, Navarre, Kayson, Kody, Kayne, Conan, Jordan, Jessie, Jack, Lily, Ethan; six great grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Nylynn Cory; infant brother, David Cory; nephew, Joseph Utz; grandparents, and many aunts and uncles.

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