Gerald (Gerry) Lies of South Haven died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins. He was 87.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Kimball with Fr. Thomas Olson officiating. Entombment will follow at St. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Kimball, and one hour prior to services Monday, at the church. There will be a prayer service at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Gerald James Lies was born April 2, 1926, in South Haven to Joseph and Dorothy (Krueger) Lies. He graduated from Annandale High School in the class of 1943. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was stationed on the island of Mog Mog, a part of the Ulithi Atoll in the western Pacific. Dec. 15, 1949, Gerry was united in marriage to Edith May Elliott at St. Columbus Catholic Church in St. Paul.
Following World War II, he entered a grocery partnership with his father in J.G. Lies & Son. A meat processing and locker plant was added to the store. He was well known for making sausage and cutting meat. When his father retired, a newly remodeled store was opened as Lies Meats and Groceries. He and his wife Edi, enjoyed working together throughout most of his career. Gerry was an active member of South Haven VFW Post 7332 for 51 years. He held several offices for the city of South Haven and was a member of the South Haven School Board. He served as a volunteer for the South Haven Fire Department for more than 30 years.
He and Edi enjoyed traveling over the years with family and friends. His favorite places were the National Parks, Branson and Grand Marais. Gerry loved listening to music, singing and gathering around the piano with his family. As a young man, he sang in the church choir for many years. Gerry loved watching and playing sports, especially baseball. He was a pitcher for the South Haven ball club, Central Mini League, during the 40s and 50s and was a huge fan of the Minnesota Twins. He especially enjoyed playing an evening game of softball with the South Haven kids. He enjoyed pitching horseshoes and playing basketball, pool, golf, tennis, and croquet. His greatest joy was the time he spent with his wife and family, and playing games with his daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Gerry was preceded in death by his parents; brother Joe Lies, and sister Harriet Lies.
He is survived by his wife Edi; daughters and their spouses Sharon (and Art) Meier of Roseville, Sandra (and Dean) Hawkinson of Elk River, and Sheila (and Dan) Scrabeck of Rochester; brother and his spouse Don (and Jeanne) Lies of Sun City, Calif.; sister-in-law Judy Lies of Eau Claire, Wis.; four grandchildren Anne Reed, Heidi Bentz, Kara Schuster, and Brent Hawkinson; seven great-grandchildren Megan and Ali Reed, Calvin and Kaitlyn Bentz, Clark and Oliver Hawkinson, and Caden Schuster.
Pallbearers will be Brent Hawkinson, Calvin Bentz, Darren Bentz, Scott Reed, Cory Schuster, and John Lemke. Art Meier is soloist, Frosty Schiefelbein is organist, and St. Anne’s Choir will provide the music for the service. The Minnesota National Guard Honor Guard will provide Military Funeral Honors.