Gerald F. Oxley, 87

Published 8:48 am Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Gerald F. Oxley, 87

Gerald F. Oxley, 87, of Blooming Prairie, Minnesota, died Monday, May 7, 2018, at Prairie Manor Care Center.

He was born Sept. 13, 1930, in Corwith, Iowa, to Glen J. and Ruth (Gordon) Oxley. Gerald attended country school and graduated with the Corwith High School Class of 1948. In 1949, he began his service in the U.S. Army and Air Force, serving until 1950. On Nov. 8, 1950, Gerald and Marjorie Ann Arndorfer were united in marriage at St. Benedict Catholic Church in St. Benedict, Kossuth County, Iowa. The couple raised two daughters. They purchased a farm and moved to Blooming Prairie in 1972.  Jerry loved making his living as a farmer. He retired in 2004. He and Marjorie belonged to St. Columbanus Catholic Church in Blooming Prairie, where Jerry served as a council member for 34 years and trustee for 28 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Hayfield American Legion. Jerry’s other interests included baseball, fishing, bowling and dancing. He was a loyal husband, father, veteran and Catholic. His family and friends will miss him dearly.

Jerry is survived by his wife Marjorie Oxley of Blooming Prairie; his grandson, Joshua R. Skalisky of Rochester, Minnesota; two sons-in-law, Dan Ditlevson of Prior Lake, Minnesota, and Jim Schunke of Rochester; sisters, Mary Jane Oxley of Corwith and Glennis Green of California; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Oxley of Kanawha, Iowa, and Marvel Oxley of Taopi, Minnesota; brother-in-law, Patrick Garry of Chicago, Illinois; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughters, Rebecca and Kathleen; sons-in-law, Tom West and Robbin Skalisky; brothers, Robert and Richard; sisters, Margaret and Theresa; and brother-in-law, Robert Green.

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A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at St. Columbanus Catholic Church in Blooming Prairie with Father Thomas Niehaus officiating. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at the Worlein Blooming Prairie Funeral Home, with a 4 p.m. Knights of Columbus rosary service, and will continue for one hour on Saturday prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the St. Columbanus Catholic Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the American Cancer Society, the Lupus Foundation of America, or recipient of donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at