Jerome "Jerry" Fuchs


Jerome Thomas Fuchs passed away unexpectedly on February 20, 2013.

Jerry, as his friends knew him, was born February 28, 1945 in Slayton, MN to Thomas and Agnes (Baumgartner) Fuchs.  He grew up and attended school in Slayton and continued his education at Mankato State.  He met and married Patricia Joann Fletcher in 1973 and they had one son, Thomas Jerome.  They began their life together in Minneapolis where Jerry was a computer programmer for the State of Minnesota.  In 1977 they relocated to Fargo, ND and Jerry worked at Moorhead State until he retired in 2008.  Since his retirement Jerry enjoyed driving cars for Adesa Fargo, the car auction house.  Patricia (Jo) passed away after a lengthy illness in 2006.

Jerry’s passion was vintage cars—restoring, rebuilding, and tinkering.  His pride and joy were a 1955 Ford pickup, a 1957 Dodge wagon and the eye-catching 1959 Dodge that went on many road trips around the U.S.  He was a member of the Valley Vintage Car Club and was photographer/editor of the club’s newsletter for many years.  He also had a treasured collection of Lionel trains, Lone Ranger and Roy Roger’s comics/memorabilia and since his childhood made many model cars which he proudly displayed in his ‘man-cave.’  Jerry was a NASCAR fan and had been to and driven on several of the famous tracks—Daytona, Charlotte, Kansas City, and the Indy 500 track.

In February of 2011 Jerry met Judy Hawkinson and they were married on December 12, 2012.  They were extremely happy living together in the new condo they purchased and cruizin’ in one of the vehicles was a favorite pastime whether it was on Broadway or Back to the 50s.

Jerome is survived by his wife, Judy; his son Tom and wife Lori, and grandchildren Courtney and Aidan, of Marion, Iowa; his sisters, Judy (Tim) Andrews of Seattle and Janice Fuchs of Bloomington, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Agnes Fuchs and his first wife, Patricia.

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  1. bloomington mnAS WE SAIL AWAY

    Here we are on the shore of this world watching our loved one
    set sail for another place.

    He is on the boat and
    as the boat leaves our shore it gets smaller and smaller
    We stand on the shore and watch and wave and say
    “Good bye” “we love you” “we will miss you”
    As his boat gets smaller and disappears into the horizon we say,
    “There he goes”

    On another shore there are groups of people
    People who have made this very same journey.
    They are standing and waiting
    And they are gazing at the horizon.
    Suddenly a small boat appears
    It gets bigger and bigger as it approaches their shore.

    Those people are standing there watching and waiting and saying

    “Here he comes”

    Author- Unknown

  2. Circle MTJudy
    I am deeply sorry for your loss. My heart hurts for you. God Bless you and know that you are in my thoughts & prayers!!

  3. warroad MnElliot and I are so sorry to hear of Jerry’s death. It just doesn’t seem fair as you just got married and were so happy. We are thankful to have met your Jerry at the reunion. Our hearts are so very sad for you. Our prayers will be for you Judy. Many many hugs.

  4. Denny and I are so sorry for your loss. Through our treasured friend, Jan, we understand that this is a great loss. Our prayers are with you.

    Nancy and Denny Berndt

  5. Logansport IndianaJudy,

    We just learned through Linda Timm about the tragic death of your husband. We are deeply sorry for you! Be assured that we will keep you and your loved ones in our prayers.

    May you be strengthened and find peace…peace which truly passeth all understanding, through our loving Lord…

    With love,
    Roger and Pat Boe

  6. Portage MIJudy, I am speechless to hear of your loss. I was so happy that you and Jerry found one another in this world and that you had such a wonderful life. My heart just aches that your joy had to be taken away so soon. Know that you have many friends who care about you. I will try to see you when I come to EL over Easter weekend. Love you my friend. Linda (Derby) Timm

  7. Lake Park MN
    So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. We always looked forward to seeing him at car shows and cruises. He will be missed but his friendship will always be remembered.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    With sympathy,
    Curt & MerEdith Hogenson

  8. Coon Rapids MN
    To All of Jerome’s Family,
    Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Jerome. He was a very special person to many people. The hobbie of restoring old cars that he shared with his Uncle Eddie and the love and respect always shown to his Aunt Adeline will always be remembered by our family. He was a man who always did for others. You can keep his memory alive every day by “paying it forward”. The pain you feel from his passing is because you loved him and he loved you very much. Remember to be thankful for the gift of having such a wonderful person in your life. Your whole family is in our thoughts and our prayers.
    Peace and comfort on the journey that lies ahead.
    Mark, Denal & Mikayla

  9. Detroit Lakes Mn.Jerr, it’s not going to be the same going to car gatherings and not seeing that or having that yellow dodge sitting beside me. I’m sure you’re showing them the right way to cruise Kustoms in heaven.

  10. Slayton mnJudy, Janice, Tommy and family, I am so sorry for the loss of Jerome. I am sorry that I can not be there. I am missing one of my best friends ever.

    Judy, on his visit out here he told me he is as happy as he has ever been being with you.
    Janice, you are the best sister he could ever have had. He really appreciated you time with him and the trips you guys made to Toms.
    Tom, your dad was a very special person. He was so proud of you and your family. He alway brought pictures of you and the kids when ever we got together. He loves your kids so much. He said they were the joy of his life. Take the great memories of him and what he taught you and continue to raise those great kids the way you are. He is watching over you I am sure.

    All my Love to you all

    Jerry and Jill Mc Cord

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