Aug. 17, 1924 - Dec. 6, 2011
Jerrold "Jerry" Stong, 87, of Albany died Tuesday at his home.
He was born in Cando, N.D., where he grew up on a farm and graduated from Egeland High School.
He served in the European Theater during World War II. In October of 1943 he married Mary McLean. In 1986 he retired from Schneider National Trucking Company after more than 40 years of working in the transportation industry. His career began as a truck driver, advancing through sales, and ending in corporate management.
Throughout this time, he and Mary lived in 12 different cities in eight different states. They settled in Albany in 1989. His driving career continued into retirement as the volunteer "Van Man" for Good Shepherd Lutheran Preschool.
With his wife Mary, they became avid Hummel collectors with over 500 pieces in their collection. They also enjoyed dancing and playing bridge. After Mary's death in 2009, he became devoted to his new companion, Michie, a black pug. He loved living near his grandchildren, attending ball games and programs whenever he was able to travel.
Survivors include his daughter, Victoria and husband John Thune of Albany; son Jerry and wife Sharon of Keizer; four grandchildren, Mark Thune and wife Brenda of Joliet, Mont., Stefanie Barnes and husband Andrew of Cave Creek, Ariz., and Jonathan and Sarah Stong of Keizer; two great-grandchildren, Carley and Colton Thune of Joliet; five sisters, Dolores Harris, Donna Henning and Ethel Marie Ellingson, all of Albany, Eulalie Geer of Minneapolis, Minn., and Mary Ellen Farbo and husbandd Denzil of Wilcox, Ariz.; brother Ronald and wife Darlene of Minneapolis; two sisters-in-law, Delores Kelly of Albany and Blanche Stong of Spokane, Wash.; numerous nieces and nephews; and Michie.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Mary; parents Owen and Ethel Stong; and brother Kenneth.
A service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Good Shephard Lutheran Church in Albany.