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Jeramiah 'Jerry' O'Driscoll, 75

Jeramiah "Jerry" O'Driscoll of Pearl Lake, formerly of Sartell, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center after a ten-week battle with cancer. He was 75.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell with Rev. Mark Ostendorf and Rev. Timothy Baltes officiating. Burial followed in the St. Francis Xavier Parish Cemetery with full military honors. Visitation was from 4-9 p.m. Friday at Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud, and after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Parish prayers were at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Jerry was born March 20, 1936, in Waite Park to Kevin and Hilda (Weiler) O'Driscoll. He married Joyce Fouquette July 25, 1963, at St. Augustine's Catholic Church in St. Cloud. After graduation from St. Cloud Technical High School, Jerry served his country in the United States Army from 1955-1957. He was a member of the 385th Military Police Battalion stationed in Kornwestheim, Germany. After returning home, he was employed as a Deputy for the Stearns County Sheriff's Department and was a Correctional Officer at the Minnesota State Reformatory. He served as Chief of Police for the City of Sartell for 30 years, retiring in January 1993. He also was a real estate broker and co-owner of Jeramiah's Restaurant in Sartell.

Jerry was an avid fisherman, and he enjoyed traveling. He loved doing projects in his workshop and around their home on Pearl Lake. Jerry was very proud of his three sons and their families, and he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Marty (Pearl Lake). He was a member of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, Stearns County Chiefs of Police, Paul Bunyan Police Officers Association, American Legion Post 277 in Sartell, VFW Post 428 in St. Cloud where he was a member of the Rifle Squad. He was also a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and a member of Eagles Aerie 622 in St Cloud.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, and by his brothers Dennis, Patrick and William

He is survived by his wife Joyce; sons Tim of Sartell, John (and Lynn) of Woodbury, and Jay (and Stephanie) of Lutz, Fla.; grandchildren Grayson, Erin, Megan, Olivia and Jack O'Driscoll; siblings Kathleen (and Henry) Heying of St. Cloud, Larry (and Joan) O'Driscoll of St. Cloud, and Mary Ellen (and Clarence) Butkowski of Waite Park.

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. The family would like to thank CentraCare Coborn Cancer Center, St. Cloud Hospital and Hospice Services, and the St. Cloud VAMC Hospice care team for the wonderful care Jerry received.