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May 1, 1958 – Friday, February 1, 2013

Service Information
Red Lake Community Center, Red Lake, MN
Saturday, February 9, 2013
1:00 PM

Visitation Information
Church of Blessed Kateri, 3045 Park Avenue, Mpls
Friday, February 8, 2013
4-8 PM

Gerald F. Desjarlait, commonly known as “Jerry” age 54, journeyed to the Spirit World on February 1, 2013 at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

He was born on May 5, 1958 in Red Lake, Minnesota, from an off spring of Mr. Francis Desjarlait and Margarette Dickenson.
As a young adult, Jerry decided to move to the Twin Cities to start a new and adventurous life. He was the kind that loved exploring new areas and taking full advantage of every good thing that came in his path. He was always on the move and engaging in fun activities. Cooking, drawing and playing handball were a list of few habits he loved doing.
His life in the Cities brought him three beautiful daughters: (Jamie, Kaitlin and Nevaeh), four grandchildren whom he cherished and loved the most. He enjoyed spending every time he had with his daughters and grandkids.
As Jerry began his new life in the cities, he never forgot his Native American roots, cultural heritage, values and beliefs. You didn’t have to look too far to see how deeply rooted he was in his beliefs – he had his body tattooed with Native American symbols.
Jerry was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Dickenson.

Survived by his father: Francis Desjarlait of Minneapolis, Minnesota; daughters: Jamie Courtney of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Kaitlin Hamilton Desjarlait and Nevaeh Hamilton Desjarlait both of Ramsey, Minnesota; four grandchildren; and a host of siblings: brothers: LeRoy Mattson, Glen Mattwon both of Duluth, Minnesota and Gordy Desjarlait of Minneapolis; sisters- Gail Desjarlait of Duluth, Minnesota, Cindy Sandera of Robbinsdale, Minnesota, Connie (Nathan) Tamba of Champlin, Minnesota, Kari Desjarlait-Thornton (Stevie Walker of Robbinsdale, Minnesota and Sun Down Lattergrass of Duluth; nieces, nephews and friends.
Jerry, you may have left this earth, but your presence will continue to live in our hearts. We will forever miss you. Rest in peace and may life perpetual shine on you.

A visitation for Gerald Desjarlait will be held on Friday, February 8th from 4-8 P.M. at The Church of Blessed Kateri, 3045 Park Avenue South in Minneapolis.

Further visitation will be held on Saturday, February 9th from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. at The Red Lake Community Center in RedLake.

Funeral Services for Gerald Desjarlait will be held on Saturday, February 9th at 1:00 P.M. at The Red Lake Community Center. Father Jerry Rogers from St. Mary’s Catholic Church will officiate.
Pallbearers will be Gordy Desjarlait, Anthony Desjarlait, Brandon Desjarlait, Cody Thornton.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to

6 Guestbook Entries

  1. Connie Tamba

    Jerry; you will always be in my heart and missed so much. May you rest in peace. I love you, your Lil Sis.

  2. Brandy Warren

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Miss Connie, I love ya girl, and again, I am truly sorry for your loss.

  3. Brandy Warren

    Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Miss Connie, I love ya girl and again, I am truly sorry for your loss.

  4. Alan L. Walker

    Jerry, I will always remember you as a good friend. I remember fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, working on farms in the Princeton area.

  5. Arlene White

    My thoughts and prayers go to the family. I met Jerry years ago at AIOIC. He was fun to talk and joke with when our paths crossed.

  6. jamie courtney

    It will be two years on the the 1st now that my dad has been gone. It’s harder and harder as the days go by. I love and miss my father and just wish I could of helped out more. I love you and miss you such much Daddy.


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