Gerald L. "Jerry" Kozitka

Gerald L. "Jerry" Kozitka passed away on December 9, 2007 on an airplane flight from Minneapolis, MN, to Palm Springs, CA.

Services were held Saturday, December 15, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ogema, MN, with Pastor Del Strohs officiating.

Music was provided by Sarah Bauck, organist. Rick Kozitka was cross bearer. Casketbearers were Ron, David and Dennis Zayic, Harry Donley, Perry Bertek, James Hellicksen, John and Curt Teiken.

Interment was in the Ogema Cemetery, Ogema, MN.

Gerald Lee Kozitka was born July 28, 1950, in Detroit Lakes, MN, to Clarence and Joyce (Liezert) Kozitka.

He was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ogema, MN.

Gerald attended Waubun, MN, public schools and later worked in building construction in the Ogema-Waubun area. He did ranch work in the Philip, SD, area, where he was known as "Puttsy."

He attended Farrier College in Sturgis, SD, and became a professional farrier, traveling throughout the entire Untied States shoeing horses. In the latter 1980s, he was employed by construction companies in Indio, CA. He became employed with Granite Construction of Indio in 1992.

In the Indio area, he was known as "Jerr Bear." Jerry was an office assistant/facilities engineer. He interacted with each employee and department in the Southern California branch and was known throughout the community. He was instrumental in Granite's annual YMCA fundraier as well as assisting the Helping Hands organization during the holidays. Jerry was a great supporter of the military and would organize campaigns to support our troops overseas. He had a way with grassroots humor, often extolling the virtues of growing up on a farm.

He traveled the world on various construction projects.

Jerry was a member of the Club on the Green two-cycle engine club, the Dalton Club, and was an avid antique John Deere collector. He enjoyed horses, photography, John Deere tractors, traveling, his dog, Duke, air shows, the Olympics, the National Finals Rodeo and the National Country Music Awards.

Survivors include his mother, Joyce Kozitka of Detroit Lakes; six brothers and three sisters, Curtis and his wife, Dawn, of Detroit Lakes, Janice and her husband, Tom Teiken, of Ogema, Wayne and his wife, Lorrie, of Howard Lake, MN, Betty and her husband, Robert, of Midland, SD, Steve and his wife, Jane, of Ogema, Dinah and her husband, Ron Henderson, of Golden Valley, MN, Walt and his wife, Jane, of Detroit Lakes, Connie and her husband, Dave Skrivseth, of Maple Grove, MN, Rick of Perham, MN, and Jim and his wife, Tracey, of Crookston, MN.

He was preceded in death by his father, his grandparents, and a nephew, Mike Teiken.