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Jerry Shore Obituary

Jerry Robert Shore Obituary

Jerry Robert Shore, age 79, died at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN on date May 29, 2020.

He was born in 1941 to Robert and Vivian (Luing) Shore in Worthington, Minnesota. Jerry was a graduate of Worthington High School. He went on to attend Worthington Junior College and to graduate from Dunwoody Institute. He was united in marriage to Helen Mae Cramer in 1963. He served in the Marine Corps from 1966 – 1968. Jerry and Helen moved to Owatonna in 1968 and began their family and career. He worked at OMC, Wenger Corporation and ran his own business, J Shore and Company, for 20 years.

Jerry was a respected member of the Owatonna Community. His contributions to Owatonna include founding and leading Toys for Tots since 1982. He was past Commandant of the Marine Corps League. He supported the Owatonna Arts Center with his many creative talents. He was an active member Owatonna United Methodist Church. He supported all of the arts in Owatonna.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Helen, of 56 years, their two daughters: Rosalind Shore and Shelly Forrest (Mitch) and two grandchildren: Garrett and Celia Forrest. Jerry is also survived by his father, Robert Shore (Etta Schroeder) and three siblings: Alma Wieck (Verlyn), Thomas Shore (Ruth) and James Shore (Julie).

A graveside service will be officiated by Pastor Linda Boorman on Monday, June 1st at 1:00 PM at Ransom Cemetery in Rushmore, MN. Please share your stories of remembrance on

His legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of those who knew him. Help spread his kindness by making a memorial or volunteering at one of the organizations that he loved: Toys for Tots of Steele County, The Owatonna Arts Center or the Owatonna United Methodist Church.

Toys for Tots of Steele County

PO Box 199

Owatonna, MN 55060

Owatonna Arts Center

PO Box 134

Owatonna, MN 55060

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815 East University Street

Owatonna, MN 55060

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