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Gerald "Jerry" Grawunder Roger Redlin
May 16, 1924 - November 21, 2023

Place of Birth: Sidney, Montana
Residence: Sidney, Montana
Age: 99

Gerald “Jerry” Grawunder Roger Redlin was born in Sidney, Montana on May 16, 1924, to Ernest Redlin and Hedwig "Hattie" (Grawunder) Redlin, the fourth of five sons. He grew up on the family farm in the Three Buttes community, initially attending the rural school there. His father's determination that his sons all receive an advanced education led him and his brothers to also attend schools in Minneapolis and Seattle, as the family's situation was buffeted by the Great Depression and the onset of WWII. Every spring, however, the family would return to the Montana farm.

With the world at war, Jerry was drafted into the army in 1944, attending basic training in California and Officer Candidate School in Georgia, where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He boarded a troop ship to Japan in October 1945, where he was a member of the occupation forces, initially heading up a tank battalion motor pool because the military figured a farm boy would know his way around the machinery. The devastation he saw in fire-bombed Tokyo, and later in a specially authorized tour of war-torn Germany in 1948, made him a lifelong pacifist.

After mustering out of the Army in 1946, Jerry had an opportunity to attend the “Encampment for Citizenship” program in New York City which brought together young people from all over the world to live and study together for several weeks. While there he was notified that he had received a one-year scholarship to Ruskin College in Oxford, England to study economic theory. He sailed for England in 1948. His time in Tokyo, New York and Oxford afforded him several surprising encounters for a Montana farm kid, including a courtroom view of Tojo's war crimes trial, a car ride with Eleanor Roosevelt, a concert with a young Pete Seeger, and a meeting with then Princess Elizabeth, to name just a few.

In 1949, with his classes at Oxford completed, Jerry returned to the family farm and enrolled in Business College at Minot, ND, earning an associate degree in accounting. Jerry had an entrepreneurial streak and in those early years started or helped start businesses leasing minerals, fabricating fiberglass burial vaults and dune buggy bodies, and selling steel quonset buildings.

Jerry met his future wife Elsie Hoversten on a visit to Crosby, ND in 1952. Two years later on Feb. 7, 1954, they were married. They made their first home in Sidney and began their family with the arrival of twin sons Jonathon and Jeffrey, and daughters, Bethany and Meredith. The young family moved to Wolf Point where Jerry worked as an insurance adjuster and son Nathaniel was born, but once again they returned to the Sidney area, this time to take over the family farm. For the next 28 years, they lived in the Three Buttes Community near Lambert, MT and raised their family – now including youngest sons, Bradley and Marcus. To help support their growing family, Elsie returned to teaching at Lambert High School for a short period, and Jerry started a machinery dealership (with his brother, Ernie) on the home farm.

While family always came first for Jerry, church and community were close seconds as he strove to provide his family with well-rounded lives that took into account those in less fortunate circumstances. Jerry, along with Elsie, was an active member and leader in the local Democratic Party. Jerry also served his community through his work with the local Farmers Union organization and grain elevator, the First Lutheran Church in Lambert and later Pella Lutheran Church in Sidney, and the rural Three Buttes Elementary School (the same one he had attended as a child).

Jerry also served 36 years on the Montana Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Board, and 20 years on the board of directors for the Grain Terminal Association, now Cenex Harvest States, a farmer owned cooperative and Fortune 100 company.

In 1991, Jerry and Elsie retired from farming and moved into Sidney where he lived for the next 30 plus years. In “retirement” Jerry continued to serve on various boards, including the Sidney Health Center board when plans for a new assisted living center, The Lodge, were initiated. He joined Kiwanis. He and Elsie worked as volunteers with the hospice program in Sidney. It was also in retirement that Jerry joined many lifelong (and new) friends for coffee and spirited conversation, meeting 5 days a week for more than two decades. It became a highlight of his day, even as his health failed.

Jerry and Elsie had another passion-traveling to new places to expand their appreciation for the diverse peoples and cultures of the world. They were able to travel extensively, including trips to Egypt, the Sinai Peninsula, Japan, England, Jamaica, Mexico, Spain, Australia, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Greece, Turkey, and more. For Jerry's 90th birthday, his children returned with him to Oxford where he shared stories and haunts from his time there.

Jerry's greatest joy and biggest challenge in retirement was completing a two-year lay ministry program of the Evangelical Lutheran Church alongside Elsie. The two of them accepted interim positions at three different multi-point parishes across northeastern and central Montana, serving as lay pastors for nearly three years.

Jerry was a very warm, kind and generous man, who could strike up a lifelong friendship as easily as he did a conversation with a stranger. A caretaker by nature, he lovingly nursed two brothers and his beloved wife in their last days. His children were blessed to care for him, in turn.

Jerry’s greatest joys throughout his ninety-nine years of life remained his faith, friends, and always his family. He passed on peacefully at home on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, with his children at his side.

He is survived by his seven children and spouses, Jeffrey (Misty) Redlin, Jonathon (Karen) Redlin, Bethany (Dan) Redlin Mocko, Meredith Redlin, Nathaniel Redlin, Bradley (Erin) Jordahl Redlin, and Marcus (Karen) Redlin. Jerry is also survived by sixteen loving grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren including: Jen (John) McFadden and Mahayla; Steven Paulson; Jared (Chelsea) Paulson, Elly, Jesse, Neve, and Calum; Julian (Katie) Paulson; Jeanne (Chris) Sessing, Mattias and Olivya; Jacquie Redlin and Xavier; Stacey Redlin; Ian (Jeni) Redlin, Isabel and Finley; Melissa (Doug) Hagenbuch, Mason, Lily, and Maddalen; Rhea (Wes) Christensen, Molly and Jorgen; Devon Redlin; Eli and Asa Jordahl Redlin; and Emma, Kellyn and Daniel Redlin. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Agnes Hoversten and Lois Redlin and 18 nephews and nieces with whom he shared special relationships.

He was proceeded in death by his parents; wife of 58 years, Elsie Redlin; brothers, Ernie, Rolland, Ward, and Robert Redlin; sisters-in-law Thelma Golden and Christine Redlin; brother-in-law Ted Hoversten; nieces Julie Kottsick, Kristi Redlin; and nephew Bruce Redlin.

Memorial Contribution
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lutheran World Relief, the Foundation for Community Care, the MonDak Heritage Center, or a charity of your choice.

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Violet Tharp
Nov 24, 2023
My sincere condolences for your loss. Jerry was a world book of knowledge. He had such a sharp mind and was a pleasure to have coffee with and visit.
Heather & Ray Johnson (Sidney, Montana)
Nov 24, 2023
Such a lovely man and amazing history. We will miss seeing him in church.
Glenn Torgerson (Billings , Montana )
Nov 24, 2023
My condolences, he was a good man.
LaVonne Snedigar (Great Falls , Montana)
Nov 24, 2023
We extend our condolences to the family. He will be greatly missed by many. He was a wonderful man!
DeLon Murschel (Sidney, Montana)
Nov 25, 2023
Jon & all of Jerry's family & friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Tim and Julie BAUER (Milaca, MN)
Nov 27, 2023
Richland County Fair 2023
Many wonderful things will be said about Jerry. I say Amen to them all. He often recalled to me the story of coming to St. Paul to interview candidates to serve the Richey-Lambert Parish. He chose me. For that I will be ever grateful. Two out of the last three years I had the joy of meeting him and Beth at the Richland County fair. I took pictures and will cherish. Along with Elsie they are now among the cloud of witnesses encouraging us to lives of faith. They were part of my life and will are among the saints with whom we will be reunited. Thanks be to God. Thank you Jerry and Elsie for being part of my life and getting me started on the journey of Pastoral ministry which has blessed me all these years.
Chole Crosby (Sidney, MT)
Nov 27, 2023
I am very sorry for your loss. Your Dad was always a bright light in the room. He and his coffee "Over 90's Group" filled the fellowship hall with many conversations and laughter. May our Lord continue to comfort and strengthen your family. God Bless.
Leslie Messer (Sidney, MT)
Nov 27, 2023
My deepest condolences to Beth and the entire family. Jerry was such a treasure. His smile, his wisdom, and his humor will be greatly missed. I enjoyed serving with him in Kiwanis. Blessings to the family.
Doug Pepperd (Bloomington , Illinois)
Nov 27, 2023
The first time I met him he told me that they lived in "next year" country. We moved there the follow year and he was proven right for the next 10 years.
A good and gracious man to me. Condolences Jon .
Rev. R. Mark Taylor, retired (Billings, MT)
Nov 28, 2023
Peace to you in this time of loss. I served with Jerry (and Elsie) in Harlowton, MT during 20o4. Jerry was one the kindest Christian servants I ever me. His enthusiasm was contagious. Jerry was an inspiration to me. I will miss his humor and his smile!
Marilyn and Bryce Witt (Sidney , MT)
Nov 28, 2023
Jerry was a pillar of the community and will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family. May you cherish the memories. Hugs and prayers. May God give you peace and comfort.
Barbara Saunders (Brooklyn Center , Minnesota )
Nov 29, 2023
My sincere condolences.
Steve Lawler (Rochester, MN)
Dec 3, 2023
My sincere condolences to you and family. Your father (and mother) are true examples of the "Greatest Generation". Aren't we so fortunate to have come from such parents. Strength and peace to you at this time. Steve Lawler
Naomi Thorson (Dickinson, ND)
Dec 10, 2023
I looked forward to seeing Jerry every year in Crosby. It was a blessing to know him and hear his stories.
John & Anita Shontz (Helena, Montana)
Dec 15, 2023
Jerry was a true mentor and strong supporter when I was elected to the Montana House of Representatives from Richland County in 1980. He was a wise and intelligent man and a friend whose advice and counsel offered then still helps guide me today. He will be missed but he and Elsie will never be forgotten in this family.
Naomi Thorson (Dickinson, ND)
Dec 17, 2023
Visiting at Crosby Threshing Show in Crosby, ND
I looked forward to seeing Jerry every year in Crosby. It was a blessing to know him and hear his stories.
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