DONALD "DONNIE" RAY GERARDDonald "Donnie" Ray Gerard, 56 of Brainerd our devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend died peacefully at his Brainerd home on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 of melanoma surrounded by those he loved.
Donald "Donnie" Ray Gerard, 56 of Brainerd our devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend died peacefully at his Brainerd home on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 of melanoma surrounded by those he loved.
Donnie was born on Jan. 12, 1957 in Duluth, to Donald and Nancy (Flately) Gerard.
He graduated from Duluth Central High School. In 1995 he married Chris Switzer. Donnie was previously married to Barb Konezny. Donnie and Chris moved to Brainerd in 2001. Donnie worked construction throughout his life. He was an avid sportsman, more at home, in his cabin or fish house than the city. He was also an archer and woodsmen having built his family cabin by hand. Donnie loved hunting and ice fishing, nearly as much as he loved his wife. He brought natural light wherever he went.
He was preceded in death by his father Donald.
Donnie is survived by his wife Chris; sons Travis (Jodie) Gerard, Charles Gerard, Ivan Hagman and his honorary son Jason (Bobbi) Thiesse; three grandchildren, Emily, Julia and Bryce all of Duluth; mother Nancy (Flately) Gerard; brother Greg (Laurie) Gerard of Wyoming; sisters Nan (Cliff) Wakefield of Duluth and Lynette Gerard of Duluth.
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Eagles Nest (6103 Lavaque Rd) in Duluth. Visitation will be Monday, July 22, 2013 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter, Minn.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter Minn.
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