Gerald D. “Jerry” Loken, Sr., age 85, of Chetek, Wis., and formerly of Turtle Lake, Wis. died Monday, April 26, 2021, at his home.
He was born April 26, 1936, to Arthur and Lucille (Doose) Loken, in Minneapolis, Minn., where he was raised and attended school. After high school, he served in the U.S. Army from 1952–1957.
On May 10, 1959, he married Elaine O’Flanagan. Jerry was a truck driver for a few years until going into the bar business. He managed several bars throughout the years in Maple Lake, Minn., and Gonvick, Minn., until purchasing his own business, the Lone Pine Saloon, in Mondovi, Wis. Most recently, he owned and operated the Trails End Saloon in Turtle Lake until his retirement. He was also a member of the Barron County Tavern League. He enjoyed fishing and visiting with friends over a few cocktails.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Elaine, on Jan. 21, 2013; and siblings, Betty, Jim, Shirley and Jackie.
Jerry is survived by his sons, Gerald “Jay” Loken Jr., of Chetek, Jeffrey (Diane) Loken, of Turtle Lake, and Bradley Loken, of Barron; grandchildren: Tabitha, Derek and Nicole; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Judy Ecklund, of Minneapolis; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A celebration of life will be held from 12:30–2 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, at the Rausch-Lundeen Funeral Home in Cameron, Wis. A graveside service will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery in the Town of Dallas, Barron County, Wis., with Rev. Ralph Marquardt officiating.
Arrangements are with Rausch-Lundeen Funeral Homes, Cameron and Dallas.