BRICELYN– Gerald Molskness, age 78, of Bricelyn, MN, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on June 20, 2022.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2022, 5 – 7 p.m at Bricelyn Lutheran Church. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Friday, June 24, 2022 at 10:30 a.m., at Bricelyn Lutheran Church, with a visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Burial to follow at Bricelyn Lutheran Cemetery.
Gerald Leroy Molskness was born September 7, 1943, to Gerhard and Edna (Heggen) Molskness in Buffalo Center, IA. He grew up on a farm near Rake IA with 6 siblings. At age 13, he went to live with, and work for, Orville Hove. Orville was a great mentor to him and helped grow in him a love of farming. Orville and his family had a big impact on Gerald. After graduation from Bricelyn School, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served from 1962-1966. After serving his country, he returned home to Bricelyn and married Sandy VanHove. To this union, two daughters were born. They made their home in Bricelyn where they farmed. After Sandy’s passing in 1974, he spent the next several years being a dedicated father to his daughters. He then found love again with Ellen and her four sons. After their marriage in 1982, they formed the “Brady Bunch” and lived between their two homes in Elmore and Bricelyn for three years, until transitioning full-time to their newly remodeled home in Bricelyn.
Gerald is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ellen, of Bricelyn; two daughters, Kay Kiewiet of Prior Lake and their children: Corey, Lauren, and Jack; Michelle Johnson of Lakeville and their children: Tristan, Lexi, and Evan; four sons, Darrin Jensen of Buffalo Center, IA, and their children: Derek, Drew, and Luke; Chad Jensen of Minneapolis; Chris Jensen of Buffalo Center, IA, and their children: Brock, Neely, and Beckett; and Jesse Jensen of Buffalo Center, IA and their children: Collin, Carly, and Grant; siblings, Marlin Molskness of Blue Earth, Gene Molskness of Champlin, Ronnie Molskness of Wamego, KS, Judy Gutzmer of Belle Plaine, and Jane Maronde of Belle Plaine, along with many brothers and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews.