Gerald Alvin Nord was born on July 6, 1933 near Iona, Minnesota to Alvin andEdith Miller Nord. He grew up near Iona and attended elementaryschool in Chandler, Minnesota and graduated from Slayton High School. He joined the Pipestone National Guard and was activated to serve in theKorean War. He and Claris Goehring were married in Worthington, Minnesota on December 23, 1952. Following their marriage, Jerry continued to serve in the U. S. Army at Ft. Riley, Kansas. In September 1952, they moved to Leavenworth, Kansas and was stationed there until 1962 when they moved to Butzbach, Germany,then Fort Hood, Texas, then Fort Bliss, Texas, and in Vietnam until 1968, when he returned to Slayton. He taught ROTC in Brookings, South Dakota at South Dakota State University until March 1971. Jerry began operating Nord Insurance Agency which he ran untilhis retirement in the late 1990's. Jerry passed away on October 31, 2005, at the Murray County Memorial Hospital in Slayton, MN at the age of 72. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as trustee, elder and treasurer. He belonged to the Murray County Lodge. Fishing, woodcarving, gardening, reading, watching Minnesota Twins baseball and Vikings football, and spending time with his family were his favorite pastimes.
Survivors include his wife Claris Nord, Slayton, MN; two sons, twodaughters and their spouses: Malcolm and Eloyce Nord, Marietta, GA; Brenda Sovell, Marshall, MN; Sandy and Ron Gilliland, Pipestone,MN, and Jeff and Peggy Nord, Marlton, NJ; 11 grandchildren; a brother and his wife, Chuck and Betty Nord, Truman, MN, and a sister Loretta Tammen, Slayton. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son Terry; granddaughter Mandi Gilliland; a sister Evelyn Behrends,
Funeral services First Presbyterian Church in Slayton, MN on Friday, November 4, 2005, at 10:30 a.m. with David Erickson officiating. The pianist was Nola Aanenson. Pallbearers are LeRoy Kalass, Bruce Haken, Branch Haken, Ron Behrends, Denny Sigurdson and Neil Everson. Interment is in Slayton Memorial Gardens, Slayton, MN. Military honors are accorded by the Slayton Legion Post and Slayton VFW.