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Gerald Magoon

Gerald "Jerry" Ervin Magoon, 71, of Blackduck, died Jan. 13, 2009 at the Merit Care Hospital in South Fargo, N.D.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Jan. 17 at Zion Lutheran Church in Blackduck, with the Rev. Dan Heath officiating. A visitation will be held at Cease Family Funeral Home in Blackduck one hour prior to the service at the church.

Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Blackduck. Cease Family Funeral Home of Blackduck assisted the family with arrangements.

He was born July 7, 1937 to Ervin and Naomi (Olson) Magoon in Bemidji. He attended Lincoln Elementary School and Bemidji High School.

He went to work at Skimes Locker Plant in Nymore in 1953. He then worked for Red Owl Stores from 1955 to 1965. He worked in Hibbing, Duluth, Wadena and Bemidji and as a relief meat manager for many other Red Owl Stores.

He married Alice Pederson in 1959 in Fosston. In 1965, the family moved to Kelso, WA where he worked for Super Valu Stores in Longview, Kelso and Woodland, WA and Clatskanie, OR.

In 1973, the family moved to Blackduck and bought the Summit Mercantile from Irvin and Chub Swanson. In 1989, they built Jerry's IGA on Highway 71. He continued to operate the store until July of 2001, when he sold to his son, Scott, and partner, Charlie Anderson.

He was a member of AAD Shrine Club of Duluth, Shrines of North America, Bemidji Lodge #233 and a charter member of the Blackduck Lions Club.

He enjoyed his retirement, spending time with family and friends and especially spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchild.

He also enjoyed grouse and duck hunting, fishing, yard work and he loved mowing his lawn. He was a huge fan of Elvis Presley and had many Elvis collectables.

He is survived by his wife; three children, Sherry (Mike) Mistic, Scott (Jackie) Magoon and Tracy (Herman) Dudley; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; his mother, Naomi Colson of Bemidji; three brothers, Jim (Delores) Magoon of Kelso, WA, Dale (Mary) Magoon of Bemidji and Ronald Magoon of Hastings and six sisters, Judy (David) Hoem of Bemidji, Joy (Chuck) Heller of Bemidji, Sharon (Lyle) Olson, Independence, Gail (Les) Mistic of Bemidji, Theresa (Mike) McKee of Bemidji and Cindy (Roland) Lundmark of Shevlin.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ervin, and his grandparents.