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Gerald Zaun

November 14, 2020

A private funeral will be held. The service will be livestreamed on this page starting at 9:45 AM on Friday, November 20.

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Boulger Funeral Home

Gerald Zaun

November 14, 2020

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The service will be livestreamed below starting at 9:45 AM on Friday.

Gerald “Jerry” Zaun, 89, Fargo, ND passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Sanford Hospice House in Fargo. He was born on March 19, 1931 in Valley City to Frank and Clara (Huber) Zaun. He grew up in Valley City and graduated from Valley City High School in 1949. Jerry attended NDSU until January 1951, when he enlisted in the Air Force and served until October 22, 1954. In 2009 he and his children had the trip of a lifetime when he returned to Nagoya, Japan and was able to show them where he had served.

After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, he returned to North Dakota and began his career as an engineer with Northwestern Bell System in 1955. Jerry worked for Northwestern Bell until his retirement in 1993.

On June 27, 1959, Jerry was united in marriage to Shirley Mellum at St. James Basilica in Jamestown. The couple made their home in Fargo where they raised their children.

In 1985, they moved into their dream home, designed by their son, Doug, in Oakcreek in Fargo. Jerry always referred to it as “Shirley’s House.” In 2008, after almost 50 years of marriage, Shirley passed away. In 2012, Jerry moved to Touchmark where there is a shelter, also designed by their son Doug, and made in Jerry and Shirley’s honor.

Jerry was an avid reader, but his favorite way to spend his time was with his family, especially their yearly camping trips. Jerry had an infectious smile and a ready laugh.

He will be greatly missed by his children, Barb (Al) Nelson of Fargo, Doug (Emily) Zaun of Duluth, MN, Pat (Mihoko) Zaun of Carlsbad, CA, Kathy (Bob) Melander of West Fargo; siblings, MaryAnn Armbrust, Denis (Peggy) Zaun, Dick (Candy) Zaun; sister-in-law, Elaine Zaun. He is also survived by his treasured grandchildren, who were the delight of his life, Kate (Jason) DeShaw, Amanda (Josh) Horner, and Rachel Nelson, Gabe and Eli Zaun, Sam and Ben Zaun, and Matthew and Carly Melander; and great-grandchildren, Rylee, Matthew, Marlee, Mavy, Jake, Eleanor, and Myla. He also leaves behind many in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Matt and wife, Shirley. He was also preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Clara; and by his brother, Ted.

A private family service will be held. The service will be livestreamed at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 20, 2020 on Boulger Funeral Home’s website.
Memorials preferred to the Sanford Hospice House.

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15 responses to “Gerald Zaun”

  1. Laurene Kath says:

    Kathy, Bob and entire family of Jerry, we are so sorry for your loss . This was a life well lived and now it’s time for rest. Gods peace to all.Jay and Laurene

  2. Paula Heinze says:

    To the Zaun family
    My deepest sympathies. Remember his smile so well and your mother’s too. Both are now smiling as they have gained Eternal Life with our Father.
    🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  3. Dan & Shelly Armbrust says:

    To all of Jerry’s children and extended family. Wish we could be there in person to remember Jerry and support you. Please know our hearts go out to you and we will have you all in our prayers.

  4. Susanne Schuh says:

    It is an honor to have friends as wonderful as Jerry and Shirley Zaun. They were the most amazingly fun and kind people I’ve known. They are together again now. My sympathy’s go out to you.

  5. Karen Pallansch Beutler says:

    Thoughts and prayers are with at this time of loss. I treasure the memories of fun times with Jerry,Shirley and Matt. With sympathy and love

  6. Dave Ferguson says:

    Doug and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Gerald’s passing. I have many memories of time spent at the Zaun household. You are all in our prayers.
    Dave and Barb Ferguson

  7. John T. Korsmo says:

    Just a truly nice man. Jerry will be missed.

  8. Teresa (Stockman) Smith says:

    Doug and family. I was sorry to read of your dad’s passing. Sending you prayers.

  9. Daniel J Welle says:

    Gerald was my first boss when I returned from military service and I had the best boss ever. Both Jerry and Shirley were a joy to be around. The world lost some fine people , but heaven gained gained angels RSP Jerry

  10. Pat Winter says:

    Dear Kathy, Barb, Doug, Pat, and families,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Jerry was a dear man and will be remembered fondly.
    May he rest in Peace.

  11. Dakota Telco says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Jerry’s family during this difficult time. It was a nice picture and write-up on his life. Jerry was a kind, thoughtful man and will be missed.

    Board of Director’s and Staff

  12. Lee and Pam Larson says:

    Lee and I are both very sorry for the Zaun family’s loss! Jerry was a special man always with a big smile! He’s now with his beloved Shirley! Our deepest sympathies!

  13. Nancy Skjei says:

    We are so very sorry to hear about Jerry! May all of your memories of great family times help to get your through this sad time. I know Dave and I have many memories too. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!
    Dave and Nancy

  14. Joel and Pat Simons says:

    Kathy, Pat and I were sad to hear of the passing of your father Jerry. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  15. Cindy & Chris Breyer says:

    Beautiful service. I’m sure the stories could go on and on. Jerry lived a good life and has such a wonderful family. He must very proud of all of you. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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