Jerald “Jerry” Cory, 72, of Staples died October 10, 2020 at his residence in Staples.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 19, at Motley Free Methodist Church in Motley. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Brenny Family Funeral Chapel, Staples and will continue one hour prior to services Monday at the church in Motley.
Burial will be in the Poplar Cemetery, 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 with 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 four children, Nolan (Carol) Cory of Oregon, Nyrea (Michael) Thielges of Otsego, Nyanne Angell of Georgia and Michelle (Matthew) Lundquist of Staples; significant other, Penny Tester of Staples; three sisters, Jayne (Dennis) Hanson of Leader, Lola (Mark) Lind of Staples, Marlys (Ted) Utz of Staples; one brother, Keith “George” Cory of Leader; 13 grandchildren, Ariel, Connor, Renisa, Navarre, Kayson, Kody, Kayne, Conan, Jordan, Jessie, Jack, Lily, Ethan; five great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Nylynn Cory; infant brother, David Cory; grandparents and many aunts and uncles.