Welcome to the memorial page for

Jerry Francis Truman

July 10, 1940 ~ November 3, 2017 (age 77)

Jerry F. Truman, age 77, of Annandale died Friday, November 3, 2017 at his home on Clearwater Lake.

Memorial Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the Annandale Evangelical Free Church with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James. A gathering of family and friends will be held 12-2 p.m. Thursday, November 16 at the American Legion in St. James. A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, December 5 at Best Western Plus in Shoreview. Memorials are preferred to Alzheimer’s Association.

Jerry Francis Truman was born July 10, 1940 in St. James to Francis Truman and Helen (Johnson) Truman. He was raised in St. James by his mother and step-father, Helen and Earl Augst. Jerry graduated from St. James High School with the Class of 1958 where he enjoyed performing with the men’s quartet. On October 19, 1959, he was united in marriage to Margie Anne Scales at St. Marks Catholic Church in St. Paul. They made St. Paul their home and were blessed with three children. They later moved to Clearwater Lake near Annandale.

After high school, Jerry worked at the local furniture and carpet store in St. James; it gave him an introduction in the carpet business. In St. Paul, he managed Hayles Floor Covering. After a back surgery, he became a salesman for St. Paul Packaging Company and ended up managing their Wayzata store. In 1971, Jerry started his own business, Jerry’s Floor Store, in Spring Lake Park; the business grew to be the largest carpet retailer in the five-state area. In 1990, Jerry retired and his daughter, Dawn, took over operations of the company.

Jerry was active in many organizations and groups: he started an organization of carpet retailers in 1988, the Upper Midwest Floor Covering Association; was president of the Little League when his boys were active in baseball; was the president of Clearwater Lake Property Owners for many years; served as the head of the Clearwater Lake Milfoil Committee; held an annual picnic for the CLPO at his residence for 24 years; and was the head of Lowell Davis’ Farm Club, traveling the county with Davis to sell his figurines and paintings.

Jerry was generous with sharing not only his time, but his knowledge and wealth as well. He gave scholarships to his favorite schools over several years. He also contributed to many under privileged families. Jerry enjoyed woodworking, building toys for tots and birdhouses, golfing, bowling, fishing and visiting with friends and neighbors.

Jerry is survived by his wife Margie; children Todd (Shelly) Truman of Lino Lakes, Scott Truman of Coon Rapids and Dawn (George) Iversen of Ham Lake; five grandchildren Tara, Stacey, Jerry, Travis and Corey; three great grandchildren Everett, Kennedy and Cole; sister Laura (Don) Manney of Missouri; brother Raymond (Joy) Augst of St. James; and brother-in-law Dan Hitchcock. He is preceded in death by his mother Helen Augst; father Francis Truman; step-father Earl Augst; sisters Marilyn Ehret and Nancy Hitchcock; and brothers Bob Truman and Rick Truman.

The urn bearers will be Jerry’s grandchildren Tara Gonyer, Stacey Benjamin, Jerry Millan, Travis Truman and Corey Iversen. Pastor Denny Johnson will officiate at the memorial service. Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.

Charitable donations may be made to:

Alzheimer's Association
7900 West 78th Street, Suite 100, Minneapolis MN 55439
Tel: 1-800-272-3900

 Service Information

November 14, 2017

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Annandale Evangelical Free Church
10252 Highway 55 NW
Annandale, Minnesota 55302

Memorial Service
November 14, 2017

11:00 AM
Annandale Evangelical Free Church
10252 Highway 55 NW
Annandale, Minnesota 55302

Gathering of Family and Friends
November 16, 2017

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
St. James American Legion
620 1st Ave S
St. James, MN 56081

Celebration of Life
December 5, 2017

4:00 PM
Best Western Plus
1000 Gramsie Rd
Shoreview, MN 55126

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