Cover photo for Gerald John Sletten's Obituary
Gerald John Sletten Profile Photo
1935 Gerald 2023

Gerald John Sletten

June 9, 1935 — January 30, 2023

Gerald "Jerry" Sletten, age 87, of Marshall, Minnesota, died on Monday, January 30, 2023, at Essentia Health in Fargo, North Dakota. Memorial Services are 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 6, 2023, at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Marshall, Minnesota, with Military Honors to follow the service, also at church. Interment then be in the Marshall Cemetery. Visitation will be held just before the service on Monday, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of his service at 11:00 a.m., at the church.

Gerald John Sletten was born on June 9, 1935, in Willmar, Minnesota. He was the son of Selmer and Alma (Johnson) Sletten. He grew up in Willmar where he was baptized on August 25, 1935, and later confirmed on September 10, 1950, both at Vinje Lutheran Church. Jerry graduated from Wilmar High School with the class of 1953 and went on to further his education at St. Olaf College. After a few years serving with the United States Army Reserve, Jerry began his teaching career in Waubun and then Clarkfield, Minnesota. Jerry then took a job in Marshall where he met fellow teacher, Ms. Norma Oslund.

On June 15, 1968, Jerry and Norma were united in marriage at the First Lutheran Church in Renville, Minnesota. The couple lived in Marshall their entire married life and raised two daughters: Sonja and Laura. Jerry and Norma shared over 54 years of marriage together.

Jerry devoted his life to education and volunteering in his community. He spent over 36 years teaching, 29 of those in Marshall, prior to his retirement in 1993. His impact was felt beyond the classroom as he invested in the students by coaching multiple sports, namely wrestling. Jerry was also a member of the Marshall American Legion and a long-time volunteer at both the auxiliary thrift shop and for the United Way. Jerry was also a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church and dedicated his time in various roles which supported the congregation. His other enjoyments in life included traveling, fishing, walking, biking, baking - especially lefse and krumkake, and relaxing with a good book.

Gerald Sletten died on Monday, January 30, 2023, in Fargo, North Dakota. He had reached the age of 87 years, 7 months, and 23 days. Blessed be his memory.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Norma Sletten of Marshall; daughters, Sonja (and Troy) Balken of Dilworth, MN, Laura (and Kyle) Kuhnke of Plainfield, IL; 4 grandchildren, Ellie Balken, Brenna Balken, Brandon Kuhnke, Rachel Kuhnke; sister, Gail (and John) Robertson of Vilas, NC; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Selmer and Alma Sletten.
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Gerald John Sletten, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Monday, February 6, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Memorial Service

Monday, February 6, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Cemetery

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Guestbook

Visits: 141

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree