Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN with Rev. John Golv officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Thief River Falls, MN. Military honors will be provided by the Ecklund-Holmstrom American Legion Post 117, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2793 and Minnesota Army National Guard Honor Guard.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM prayer service on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Johnson Funeral Service in Thief River Falls, MN. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to the funeral on Thursday.
Gerald Allan Morkrid was born November 20, 1929 in Larimore, ND the son of Carl A. and Nora (Warne) Morkrid. He was baptized December 8, 1930 in Larimore into the Lutheran faith. He attended school in Petersburg, ND graduating from Petersburg High School.
On October 24, 1951 Gerald entered into service with the United States Army. He was Honorably Discharged on March 7, 1952 and because his father developed tuberculosis, Gerald returned to take over the family farm south of Petersburg.
On June 20, 1953 Gerald was united in marriage to Anna Marie Severson in Petersburg. The couple made their home in Petersburg for five years before moving to Georgetown, MN for a couple of years. They moved to St. Hilaire, MN in 1957 where he managed the elevator and then to Thief River Falls in 1964. Gerald and Anna move to Missouri, where Gerald worked on the Missile Fields. They transferred to Cheyenne, WY and then to Minot, ND for six months, before moving back to Thief River Falls in 1970. Gerald worked at Falls Concrete in Thief River Falls and later at Hartz Wholesale where he retired from in 1991.
Gerald enjoyed tinkering in the garage, attending the kids & grandkids sports, fishing, having a burger and a beer at the Schooner or coffee with his family and friends. Gerald had a great sense of humor and the gift of gab.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and American Legion Post 117.
Survivors include his three children, Allan (Roselynn) Morkrid, Patricia Sabol and Cynthia (Jon) Nessen all of Thief River Falls; grandchildren, Joey Sabol, Jamie (Bryan) Cleven, Amber Robertson, Ashley (Jeff) Crist, Tyler (Nicole) Nessen, Parker Nessen, Tanner (Kaitlin Lund) Nessen, Brady (Brittany Campbell) Nessen; step-grandchildren, Sarah (Ross) Ryan, Becky (Brandon) Ballard, Rachel (John) Cox, Samuel (fiancé Paige Panek) Harger; great-grandchildren, Mercede Cleven, Hannah Cleven, Connor Cleven, Cayley Sabol, Blaine Sabol, Brittyn Reierson, Sydney Reierson, Eli Reierson, Emmit Ballard, Hailey Crist, Caliana Nessen, Maren & Sofie Ryan, Aisling & Maeve Cox; brother, Carl (Carol) Morkrid of Great Falls, MT; brother-in-law, Norman Severson; and many other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife Anna on August 13, 2004; parents; siblings, Charles (Dorothy) Morkrid, Curtis Morkrid and Adeline Beaucage.