Gerald Sanderson

July 15, 2020

obit gerald sandersonSept. 27, 1964 – July 7, 2020

Gerald “Jerry” Sander­son, age 55 of Russell, died unexpectedly in his home on Tuesday, July 7. A private memorial service is sched­uled for Saturday, July 18 at Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. Public visitation will be from 1-3 p.m.
Jerry Jens Sanderson was born Sept. 27, 1964 in Bala­ton to Wilfred and Norma (Mikkelson) Sanderson. He grew up and attended school in Balaton, where he played football and basket­ball. He was confirmed at Danebod Lutheran Church in Tyler. After high school he entered the workforce for a couple of years, then proudly enlisted in the Na­tional Guard and took sev­eral classes at Southwest State University.
In 1996 Jerry married LeAnn (Johnson) Sand­erson, gaining a stepson, Spencer Kor. Together, Jerry and LeAnn had three daughters, Corbin in 1997, Jada in 2000, and Alayna in 2004. Jerry ran a suc­cessful drywall company in the Minneapolis metro area for several years. In 2014 he moved back to his hometown area and most recently resided in Russell.
Jerry had the brightest smile and the loudest laugh in the room. You could of­ten find him spending time with friends and family, grilling outside, watching Food Network, and talking about his children.
In addition to being a proud father, Jerry was a talented cook, famous for his barbequed ribs. He was an exceptional athlete who taught his stepson and nephews the fade-away jumper. Jerry played on several softball leagues throughout the years; he was fast as lightening. Ev­eryone who knew him knew he was a talented contractor and handyman and helped anyone who needed it. He loved classic rock music and played a mean air guitar to Mötley Crüe. Jerry loved telling stories, especially the ones that included people telling him he looked like Kenny Chesney.
Jerry Sanderson died on July 7 in Russell at the age of 55 years. Blessed be his memory.
He is survived by three daughters, Corbin, Jada and Alayna Sanderson of Yukon, Oklahoma; stepson Spencer and his wife Brooke (Wyf­fles) Kor of Lynd; grand­daughters Jayden Wyffels and Oaklynn Kor; brothers Mike and his wife Audie (Williams) Sanderson of Russell, Craig Sanderson of Balaton, Cal Sanderson of Madison, Wisconsin, and Wayne and his wife Janice (Kleinsasser) Sanderson of Glencoe; his father Wil­fred Sanderson of Balaton; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother Norma (Mikkelsen) Sanderson, his grandparents Louis and Alma Sanderson and Jens and Clara Mikkelsen, and several aunts and uncles.
Arrangements by the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall, Minnesota. 507-532-2933. Guest book and tribute wall available on­line at