Gerald E. “Jerry” Schurman, age 69 of Sauk Centre, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at the CentraCare Health Hospital in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 18 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre with Rev. Jim Maderak officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Sauk Centre United Veterans Honor Guard. A private family inurnment will be held later in the parish cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre.
Gerald Edward Schurman was born July 24, 1949 in Melrose, Minnesota to Virgil “Bud” and Florence (Brickweg) Schurman. He was a 1967 graduate of Sauk Centre High School and served in the Army National Guard. His love of sports led him to participate in school athletics and city league basketball and softball. He was united in marriage to Jane Leukam on February 27, 1982 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre. He was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre.
Jerry worked alongside his parents on the family farm and eventually took over the family business. He owned and operated Schurman Farms & Grain along with expanding into Schurman Excavating. Jerry and the entire Schurman family are so proud of their dedicated employees over the years and the work they did for their customers. He was always checking the weather forecasts, news updates and sports scores. Going for drives to check on the fields was one of his favorite activities, which would usually end up with a stop somewhere for ice cream!
Jerry was an avid sports fan, most notably of Golden Gophers football and basketball. He was a long-time season ticket holder and many friends and family accompanied him to Gophers games. He was able to spend time with his kids and their friends coaching youth basketball and as a spectator watching their various activities.
Jerry loved boating and golfing. He even scored a hole in one on his last round of golf this spring. He especially loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He and his wife also enjoyed traveling to Arizona in the winter to visit family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Schurman of Sauk Centre; four children and eleven grandchildren, Jessica (Jon) Ferris of Mesa, Arizona and their children, Adam and Zach; Jay (Leah) Schurman of Detroit Lakes and their children, Macey, Griffin, Bennett and Addisyn; Jake (Catie) Schurman of Eden Prairie and their children, Nora and Owen; and Jenna (Ben) Clink of Sauk Centre and their children, Carter, Scarlett and Crosby; mother, Florence Schurman of Sauk Centre; and sister, Debbie Streese of Sauk Centre; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kenny (Kathy) Leukam of Sauk Centre, Duane (Bonnie) Leukam of Sauk Centre, Don (Diane) Leukam of Sauk Centre, Randy (Terri) Leukam of Andover, and John Leukam (Wendi Wiese) of Andover; many nieces and nephews.
Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Virgil “Bud” Schurman on November 6, 1987; father and mother-in-law, Dillo and Monica Leukam; and sister-in-law, Sue Leukam.
Serving as casket bearers will be Duane, Don, Randy, John, Kenny, Jr. and Rob Leukam. Cross bearer will be Eva Leukam and scripture bearer will be Kristie Moritz.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Holy Family School and the Sauk Centre Sports Boosters.