Jerry F. O'Connell, 61, of Naples, FL passed away Tuesday January 8th 2019, peacefully in his sleep.
Jerry was born in Austin, MN on November 24th, 1957. He graduated from Spring Valley High School. Jerry started working in the family business with his dad and brothers before and after gradation.
Jerry married the love of his life, Ronda. They were joined in marriage on February 25th 1984 and have enjoyed 35 years of marriage.
Jerry worked as a heavy equipment operator and foreman for Mitchel & Stark since 1984. He learned from the best watching his dad, Nickolas. Jerry enjoyed Demolition Derby's and Sunday morning Harley rides for breakfast and Bloodymarys. Jerry could fix any small engine that needed fixing. He entered many Backhoe Rodeos and competitions over the years, often coming home with the trophy. He was the best Backhoe operator around. Jerry spent his life working hard and enjoying his beer. He took pride in taking care of his family and was always there for anyone in need.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife Ronda, three children, Crystal (Marcus) O'Connell of Naples FL. Jake (Sarah) O'Connell of Kansas City MO. and Amanda (Andrew) Courtney of Alva FL.
6 grandchildren, Kaleiha, Marcus, Tremario, Marissa, Madison, and Abigail. Jerry spent his free time heckling and teasing his grandkids, but he met his match with his grandson Tremario who wasn't taking his crap. His brothers and sisters, Jim (Vicky) O'Connell of Spring Valley MN. Dave (Laure) O'Connell of Hudson WI. Joe (Patty) O'Connell of Spring Valley MN. Lori (Alec) of Grand Meadow MN. Bryan (Kathy) of Spring Valley MN. Wayne (Brenda) O'Connell of Byron MN. and Lana (Dave) Blanchard of Spring Valley MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents Nickolas O'Connell in April 1999 and Lois O'Connell in September 2018.The family of Jerry will have a private celebration of life at their home.