Jerome F. Kiklas

MINNEAPOLIS – Mass of Christian Burial for Jerome F. Kiklas is at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Church of St. Mary in Cottonwood with visitation one hour prior.

He passed away peacefully June 23, 2013.

He was born May 5, 1947, in St. Cloud to Frank and Marie Kiklas. He grew up on his grandfather’s farm in Wood Lake, graduated from Wood Lake High School in 1965 and attended St. Cloud State. He served in the Minnesota National Guard from 1964 to 1973 and attended Officers Candidate School in Fort Benning, Ga. In 1973, he left the service as a 1st Lt. with Honors from the 47th Division Headquarters Co. in St. Cloud, after serving as liaison from their Mechanical Infantry Battalion. He was the plant and production manager at Zalk Steel in Minneapolis for nearly 26 years and then a consultant and manager of Gabby’s Night Club in Minneapolis. Jerry was a man of good humor. He liked nothing better than pulling off a prank on unsuspecting friends and family, unless it was telling a great story.

He is survived by three sisters: Mary Lee McCain (Don) of Waseca, Cheryl Kiklas of Coon Rapids and Lynne Lottman (Steve) of Willmar and two sons: Christopher of Houston, Texas, and Mitchell of Minneapolis.