Jerome “Jerry” Stanley McLaughlin, 86, formerly of Sioux FallsPublished 10:41am Monday, February 4, 2013 Updated 12:45pm Monday, February 4, 2013
He was born April 19, 1926, in Fargo, North Dakota, the son of Miles and Christine (Thorstad) McLaughlin. He graduated from Fargo Central High School in 1944. He graduated on his 18th birthday and then reported for duty in the Army Air Corp.
Jerry had enlisted on October 2, 1943 at the age of 17 with a signature from his mom. His active duty was from April 21, 1944 to April 15, 1946. In World War II he was a member of a B-24 bomber crew (370 Bomber Squadron, the 307 Bomb Group) where he was the tail gunner. He served in the Western Pacific air offensive including Borneo, the China Offensive, New Guinea and Luzon.
In 1950 he married Geraldine “Gerri” Lehman in Foxhome. She passed away in 1997.
Jerry had a wonderful and blessed work history. He worked in various positions with the Fargo Forum until he went into the service. After the war they moved to California where he worked as a draftsman for Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach. He then accepted a position as a Regional Engineer with Great Lakes Pipeline back in the Midwest. Later he was employed as a Regional Engineer with Champlin Petroleum, staying with them through mergers with Fina and Union Pacific, until he retired.
He married Helen Robertson in December of 2007 in Laughlin, Nevada.
Jerry was a life member of the VFW and Legion in Fargo, and was also a member of the Moose Lodge.
He enjoyed golfing, fishing, reading and traveling, but his favorite activity was spending time with his family.
Preceding him in death were his parents, his first wife, Gerri, brothers Tommy, Melvin, Allen, Oren, Charles, Art and Kenny, and his sister Joyce Mitchell.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Robertson; three sons: Kim (Roxane) McLaughlin of Scottsdale AZ, Mike McLaughlin of Glendale AZ, and Steve (Nancy) McLaughlin of Sioux Falls SD; six grandchildren: Matthew, Aaron, Megan, Miles, Emily and Katie; three great-grandchildren: Daniel, Madeline and Tessa; and a sister, Rose Pawski of Fargo ND.
Memorials are preferred to Kids Against Hunger Sioux Falls.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Saturday, February 9, 2013, at Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls
Clergy: Reverend Tom Peterson
Interment: Bethlehem Cemetery, Fergus Falls
Funeral Home: Olson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls
Online Condolences: www.olsonfuneralhome.com