Gerald L. Firkins 1924-2015
Funeral service for Gerald L. Firkins of Emmetsburg is Friday, July 3, at 10:30 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Louie Q. Gallo will officiate.
Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg. Military rites at the grave site will be presented by members of V.F.W. Post #2295, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is Thursday, July 2, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.
Gerald L. Firkins, son of Emil and Leola (Shafer) Firkins, was born Nov. 25, 1924 in Rodman. He received his education in Rodman, graduating from Rodman High School in 1942.
On March 13, 1943, Gerald was united in marriage to Florence McAllister in Fairmont, MN. To this union six children were born.
Gerald served in the United States Army from March 24, 1943 until Feb. 25, 1946, when he was honorably discharged. Gerald was stationed in Guam in the Army Air Corp and attained the rank of sergeant.
Gerald was a truck driver all of his working years, owning his own truck. He spent ten years driving in Alaska.
Gerald was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Emmetsburg. He was a faithful and devoted member of the V.F.W. Post #2295, rarely missing any opportunity to serve in the honor guard at parades and funerals.
Gerald enjoyed riding his motorcycle with his friends and in the winters he was an avid snowmobiler, not only locally but throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. Gerald also enjoyed fishing.
Gerald passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Lakeside Lutheran Home in Emmetsburg, at the age of 90. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Florence; two sons, Blaine “Micky” Firkins and Marlin Firkins; two brothers, Zane Firkins and Leon Firkins; a sister, Edris Wrobleswki; and son-in-law, Merville Neet.
He is survived by his children, Marsha (Noel) Gochanour of Armstrong, Emily Neet of Emmetsburg, Curtis Firkins and Emmetsburg, and Elaine (Bill) King of Emmetsburg; 12 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Joan Firkins of Emmetsburg, Beverly Firkins of Emmetsburg, and Irene Wenzel of Seattle, WA; an aunt, Betty Priest of Emmetsburg; nieces and nephews; as well as many other relatives and friends.
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