Jerry Edgar Zastrow was born the oldest of nine siblings on March 21, 1942, in Carlos Township, Douglas County Minnesota to Edgar and Agnes (Schulke) Zastrow. He was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Carlos and confirmed at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. Jerry attended Zion Lutheran School and Washington School in Alexandria and Country School District 69 near Carlos through the 9th grade. Jerry spent some of his favorite years living with his Aunt and Uncle Hazel and Gerhard Klausmann living on their farm. He started working at the Chevrolet garage in Alexandria and at the Osakis Silo Company when he turned 18.
Jerry was united in marriage to Carol Heald on June 16, 1962, at First Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie. They made their home near Carlos and were blessed with three children, Michelle, Pamela, and Joel. Jerry started at Donnelly Plastics (later named Juno) as a machinist and worked there for 42 years, retiring in 2007.
Jerry enjoyed hunting, woodworking, playing cards especially Cinch, and was an avid horseshoe player. He even won two World Tournament Tropheys in horseshoes. The family enjoyed camping and singing songs around the campfire. After retirement Carol and Jerry enjoyed traveling across all 50 states, with Alaska being his favorite. They also traveled many trips to different countries, even traveling around Australia in a motorhome.
Jerry died on Friday, November 5, 2021, at Bethany On The Lake in Alexandria at the age of 79. He is survived by his wife, Carol of Carlos; daughters, Michelle Zastrow of Donnelly and Pamela (Alan) Bettermann of Miltona; son, Joel (Liza) Zastrow of St. Cloud; grandchildren, Todd (Dani) Bettermann, Candace (Chad) Rodriguez, Samuel (Chelsea) Bettermann, Tyler Bettermann, and William Zastrow; step grandchildren, Patrick Crow and Cindy Adolfo; great-grandchildren, Olivia, Emma, Ryder, Zeke, and Wyatt; brothers, Richard (Lori) Zastrow of Miltona, Randy Zastrow of Miltona, and Jeffrey Zastrow of New Hope; sisters, Sharyl Mohawk of Minneapolis, Judy (Aldon) Carlson of Nelson, and Donna Moen of Glenwood; step-brother, Galen (Kari) Huizinga of Alexandria; and many nieces and nephews. Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Agnes; brother, Russell Zastrow; sister, Marjorie Roob; and nieces, Tammy Carlson and Brenda Karger.
A Funeral Service will be held 2:00 PM on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Miltona. Visitation will be held from 4-7 PM on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at the Anderson Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.
A live stream and recording of the service will be available 2:00 PM on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, on the funeral home website.