Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Union Presbyterian Church with Rev. Chris Conlon officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Friday, March 4, 2011 at St. Peter Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials are preferred to the Barbershop Harmony Foundation.
Jerome Keith was born November 15, 1934 to James and Bernice (Davis) Hawbaker in Fort Madison, Iowa. He graduated from Olds High School, Olds, IA in 1952, was a member of the Boy Scout of America and attended Iowa Wesleyan College where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.
Jerry was a 43 year member of Barbershop Harmony Foundation, he received the Barbershopper of the year award in 1978 from the Vermillionaires Chorus, Pontiac, Illinois which he founded! Then in 1987, The Mankato Riverblenders Chorus, honored him with their Barbershopper of the year award. Throughout his 42 years he sang and competed in many quartets and choruses.
Jerry also served in the Land of Lakes Barbershop District as District VP 1995-1996, District Secretary 1997-98; City Council Member from 1994-95; served five consecutive terms as Mayor of St. Peter 1996-2005 and was employed by Cargill, Inc. for 36 years. He served on the boards of the Salvation Army and Region Nine Development. Jerry was a member of Union Presbyterian Church and the church choir.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 35 years, Edna and six children, Sandra (Bruce) Tunze of Tucson, AZ, Joel of St. Peter, MN, Rich & Steve Kennedy both of Rochester, NY, Hau (Mai) Doan, New Brighton, MN and Thomas (Lynn) Doan, Snellville, GA; 15 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Bernice (Davis) and James Hawbaker; son, Rand and; daughters, Joan and Beth.