Gerald “Jerry” Goodale


Dell Rapids, SD

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020

Gerald “Jerry” Goodale died on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at the age of 91 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 AM Monday, February 24, 2020 at Huntimer – St. Joseph the Workman Catholic Church, rural Colton, SD. Burial will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Dell Rapids.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 5:00 PM with a Wake Service at 5:00 PM Sunday, February 23, 2020 at Minnehaha Funeral Home in Dell Rapids.

Jerry was born February 8th, 1929 to Frank and Bethel (Morgan) Goodale in rural Baltic, SD where he attended school.  Farming was the Goodale’s livelihood.  Shortly after graduating from Baltic High School, Jerry, his parents and sister, Shirley moved to their current farm in 1948 near Chester where two of his sons continue his passion of farming.

He met and married the love of his life and dancing partner, Geraldine Wolles and raised eight children on the farm; Terry (Michelle) Goodale, Chester, Marilee (Bob) Casanova, Ramona, Sheila (Steve) Ingram, Ft. Pierre, Cinda (Steve) Pankratz, Sioux Falls, Ken (Kathy) Goodale, Chester, Angie (Mark) Quissell, Sioux Falls, Jan (John) Smallcomb, Sioux Falls, and Doug (Stacey) Goodale, Sioux Falls.  24 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren love Jerry.  His sister, Shirley Fiegen, Dell Rapids, also survives him.  Jerry and Geraldine were married just short of 60 years.

His truly wonderful story telling abilities and his remarkable dancing skills will be missed.

His wife, Geraldine, their infant son, daughter, Marilee, Jerry’s brother, Francis Goodale and sister, Jean Thompson, precede him in death.

We can all imagine Jerry again finally able to say to Geraldine … “May I have this dance?”

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Alzheimer’s Association of South Dakota,

4304 S. Technology Drive, Sioux Falls, SD  57106.