Jerome Paul Junker was born Aug. 15, 1951 at Carroll, one of five children born to Paul Arthur and Marian (Haselton) Junker. He attended school at Glidden - Ralston, graduating in 1970. Jerome was extremely athletic in high school and played football, basketball and ran track. He still holds a school record in the high hurdles. Acting and theater were also part of his activities as well as competitive swimming with a local swim team.
On Feb. 25, 1971, Jerome enlisted in the United States Army. He served overseas in Germany where he specialized in communications and Morse Code. He earned his honorable discharge Nov. 11, 1973, having attained the rank of SP4.
After the service, Jerome moved to Massachusetts where he attended college and earned a degree in refrigeration. He worked in Massachusetts for several years before moving to California. He continued his career in refrigeration for a few years then returned to his hometown of Glidden.
Jerome later moved to Le Mars and was currently employed with AC & R Specialists of Sioux City in the industrial refrigeration field.
He enjoyed riding his Harley, listening to music and the theater. Jerome was also an animal lover and was never without "man's best friend."
He will be lovingly remembered by his significant other, Kathy Stone and her daughter, Mikayla of Le Mars; his mother, Marian Junker of Glidden; four sisters, Julia Ann Janning and her husband, Lowell of Glidden, Kristin Louise Mohning and her husband, Steve of Le Mars, Sharon Jane Newton of West Des Moines, and Jill Joan Sorden and her husband, Steve of Madison, Wis.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1951; and grandparents Matt and Bertha Junker, Raymond and Hilda Haselton.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The Rev. Janis Christensen of the Presbyterian United Church of Christ in Le Mars will officiate. Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m. at the Merle Hay Memorial Cemetery in Glidden, with military honors provided by the Merle Hay American Legion Post #386. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home. The family will be present from 5-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume at 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memories and expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.