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 Gerald Leroy Endahl

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Gerald Leroy Endahl

  • Birth 16 Dec 1924 Lane, Jerauld County, South Dakota, USA
  • Death 5 Mar 2004 Huron, Beadle County, South Dakota, USA
  • Burial Jerauld County, South Dakota, USA
  • Memorial ID 8508690

Gerald Leroy "Jerry" Endahl died Friday, March 5, 2004 at his home in Huron, SD, at the age of 79 years, 3 months, and 18 days. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 9, 2004 at the American Lutheran Church in Huron, SD. Interment was in the Solberg Cemetery, Lane, SD.

Jerry Endahl was born December 16, 1924 in Lane, SD. He was the second son of Alfred M. and Gilma L. (Bidne) Endahl. Gerald graduated from Lane High School in 1941. Then he enrolled in Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, served in the US Army from 1945-1946, and in 1947, returned to Augustana College and graduated with a BA degree in 1949.

After graduation, Gerald spent two years back on the farm assisting his parents in modernizing the farm homestead. In the fall of 1952 Gerald enrolled in the graduate school at the University of SD, graduating with a Masters Degree in 1953 in Biochemistry and Microbiology. Then he enrolled in graduate school at the University of Oklahoma at Norman, Oklahoma, continuing his biochemistry training. He worked at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City while pursuing this course of study. It was there that he met his wife, Barbara Ann Reed. They were married in the Lutheran Church in Oklahoma City on April 18, 1954. She became his lifelong companion, confidant, and helper in all that they did.

Gerald was awarded his PhD by the University of Oklahoma in 1959. After a year of post-doctoral training at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, he joined the faculty of the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. In 1970 the family, that now included a girl, Ingrid, and a boy, Eric, moved to Los Angeles, CA, and he joined the faculty of the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles County Hospital System. He retired in 1995, and he and Barbara moved back to Huron, SD. Gerald became active in civic groups and as a Master Gardener.

He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He was active in the Lutheran Church wherever the family resided. Both he and Barbara sang in church choirs throughout the years.

He was preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Gilma (Bidne) Endahl. Grateful for having shared his life is his wife, Barbara; his daughter Ingrid Gail (Robert) Peloquin, San Pedro, CA; his son Eric Keith Endahl, San Francisco, CA; his brother Alert (Doris) Endahl, Huron, SD; his sister Madalyn (Marvin) Pearson, Minnetonka, MN; and many nieces and nephews.


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  • Maintained by: Lindalee
  • Originally Created by: DonZas
  • Added: 14 Mar 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8508690
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gerald Leroy Endahl (16 Dec 1924–5 Mar 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8508690, citing Solberg Cemetery, Jerauld County, South Dakota, USA ; Maintained by Lindalee (contributor 47950808) .