Jerry Bakker, of Payson, AZ, passed away peacefully at home on October 17, 2018 at the age of 76.
Jerry was born to Jacob and Mary Bakker on April 18, 1942 in Tyler, MN. Jerry joined the US Navy in 1959 and served for three plus years. In 1966 Jerry married the love his life, Ellen (Wendland). Jerry became father to Troy and together the couple had two more children.
Jerry lived a very fulfilling life, helping to establish the Speedway in Worthington, MN, managing Jerry’s Skelly, managing The Elk’s Lodge, working for Don Gass of Fulda, and Geldner Construction, and finally selling advertisement on the road along with Ellen for The Family Digest for several years before retiring in Payson, AZ in 2006.
Jerry is deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his wife, Ellen; his sons Troy (Shonda) and Chad (Margie); his daughter Tierza (Ken) Lanham; six sisters, Von Wartner, Joyce Dass, Linda Guild, Catherine (Chuck) Davis, Bonnie Gruis, Barb Curtis; one brother, James; and four grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Jean VanDenBroeke.
Services will be held at Rock of Ages Lutheran Church in Payson, AZ on Nov. 24,2018 at 1:00 pm. The family is grateful for your condolences.