Jerry Lee Poole, age 82, of Winnebago died October 7, 2016 of cancer. He was born to Roger and Marjorie (Ritter) Poole on June 15, 1934. He graduated from Winnebago High in 1953. United in marriage to Jane Nilson on October 22, 1955. Spent 4 years in the Air Force, serving in Germany, France, and Tripoli. 30 year employee of City of Winnebago as Water Superintendent. 24 years with Winnebago Fire Department, serving as both captain and chief. Ambulance crew for 8 years. National Weather Service volunteer for 13 years. Member of Winnebago Baptist Church since 1944. Member of Redwing Pottery Collector’s Society and Studebaker Driver’s Club. Active volunteer with Winnebago Museum, Riverside Cemetery board, and delivering Meals-on-Wheels. He enjoyed singing barbershop, singing with The Brothers, playing cards, camping, flea markets, hunting for agate rocks, Indian artifacts, and deer, Friday supper at Huntley café, Tuesday chicken at Double Play, Sunday night popcorn, ice cream, watching the Vikings and spending time with family.
He will deeply missed by his loving family: wife of almost 61 years Jane, mother Marjorie, son Kevin (Kim) of Winnebago, daughter Ranae (Steven) Schutt of Winnebago, son Michael (Elaine) of Shakopee, daughter Susan (Dale) Folen of Golden Valley, 10 grandchildren Jeremy (Diane), Desiree, Sierrah, Jeremiah (Heidi), Amanda (Thomas), Michelle, Phillip, Ben, Rita, and Kirk. 6 great-grandchildren, brother Ron (Etta) of Mankato, sister-in-law Mary Ellen Nilson of Iowa, many nieces and nephews.
Proceeded in death by Dad Roger, sister-in-law Dorothy (Don) Swanson, brother-in-law Chuck (Cheryl) Nilson, brother-in-law Gene Nilson, special aunts, uncles and cousins, and dog Cindy.
Visitation on Friday, October 21 from 4-7 PM at Spencer Owen Funeral Home, Winnebago. Funeral at First Baptist Church, Winnebago on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM with visitation 1 hour prior.
Memorials preferred to Winnebago Museum or First Baptist Church, Winnebago.
Many thanks to our wonderful community for the outpouring of love and support. ALWAYS LOVED, FOREVER MISSED, THANK YOU FOR BLESSING OUR LIVES!