Jerry Aaron Pounds, 41, of Blaine, Minnesota passed away on January 21, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family after a four year long battle with cancer.
There will be a wake service at Kozlak-Radulovich funeral home in Blaine, on Friday January 24th from 5-8 PM. Funeral services will be Saturday, January 25th at 9 am for a fellowship gathering in the lobby area with services starting at 10 am at St Joseph’s of the Lakes Catholic Church in Lino Lakes, followed by a luncheon. Burial will take place at a family ceremony in the springtime.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Holly Pounds and son Will and daughter Evelyn “Evey” Pounds, parents Jerry and Carol Pounds, brothers Jeff (Christine), Brad (Lynn), Terry (Shannon), Tony (Janelle) and Chad Pounds. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Wilbur and Nina Pounds, maternal grandparents Darrel and Evelyn Conn and uncle Wilbur Pounds Jr.
Jerry Aaron Pounds was born on August 20, 1978 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Carol Jean (Conn) Pounds and Jerry Allen Pounds. Jerry was the fifth of six children born to Carol and Jerry. He was one of the “Pounds boys” growing up in the Lexington/Circle Pines area. He attended school at Golden Lake Elementary, Centennial Middle school and Centennial High school. He went on to college at the University of Minnesota and graduated with a degree in English. He later went on to get his Masters Degree in Special Education through St Mary’s University. He was currently just a few classes short of attaining his School Administration Licensure from St. Cloud State.
Jerry was joined in marriage to Holly Marie Rehfeld on July 17, 2010 in Westport, South Dakota. They made their home in St Paul, Minnesota and later Blaine, Minnesota. It was in Blaine that Jerry and Holly became parents to two beautiful and very loved children, William Allen Pounds, age 5 and Evelyn Kay Pounds, age 2.
Jerry was a Special Education Teacher for the Centennial School District. He taught at the Centennial Area Learning Center, Centennial High School and most recently at Centerville Elementary School in Centerville, Minnesota. Jerry absolutely loved his job as a teacher and genuinely loved his students. He also loved all the faculty and staff at the school and the family wishes to recognize the love and support that they have shown to him and his family over the four years of his fight with cancer. They have gone so far above and beyond, not only helping Jerry, but also wife Holly and the children. What a wonderful group of people they all are.
Many people in the Lexington/Circle Pines/Lino Lakes area know of Jerry not only through his years in education, but also working in his brother Tony’s pizza businesses, Hometown Pizza and Pizza T’s. Jerry worked there full and part time making and delivering pizzas. Jerry created a pizza there called “The (Jer) Bear”. It consists of two thin crusts with garlic butter and cheese between the crusts, topped with tomato sauce, pepperoni and sausage with extra cheese. He also loved the calzones. When Jerry was at his prime, he could put away an entire calzone by himself.
Jerry and his brothers were the ultimate baseball fans. His brothers all claim that Jerry was the “stats guy”. Jerry could quote batting averages and many other stats throughout the many players of the major leagues over the years. He and his brothers would take baseball trips to see pro and especially the minor league teams to get a feel of what was to come for the major league teams. They spent many hours in the back yard in Lexington and the ball fields in the area playing little league baseball as they were growing up.
Jerry was also an avid reader. You name it and he has probably read it. Anything from baseball stat books, 19th century poets, books of odd facts and trivia, and great classic American stories. The only thing that the Centerville school staff didn’t like about Jerry is that he won all of their daily trivia challenges.
Jerry’s personality was the ultimate in human goodness. He was the most humble person. Always appreciative of others, always putting others before himself. He was kind, compassionate and selfless. His calm presence and demeanor could put anyone at ease. Jerry was a connector of people. He brought others together in a positive way. His humor was second to none. He could make anyone laugh with his witty, wry sense of humor. Wherever Jerry was, there was laughter. He was patient and respectful and enjoyed listening to others tell stories.
Jerry’s most favorite role in life was that of Daddy. He absolutely glowed the day that Will entered his and Holly’s life. And when Evey came along, his role of daddy got more interesting because he grew up with all brothers. Now he had to figure out how to handle a baby girl. As it turned out, it was no challenge for Jerry. He knew that all he had to do was to love her. The rest would take care of itself. He had the ultimate patience with high energy son, Will. Jerry loved reading to Will and Evey. And they loved listening to him. They both love to be read to and Will is getting to be quite the reader himself. Jerry was just starting to play catch with Will to get him engrained into the baseball life. Jerry has also taken Will and Evey to baseball games. Some say they have even heard Jerry reading baseball stats to Will and Evey at night.
Last but not least. Jerry was a wonderful husband to Holly. They were like Peanut butter & Jelly, Sugar & Spice, Day & Night, Yin & Yang. Contrary forces that complement each other. Jerry was always calm, laid back, the rock. Holly was always feisty, doing something, anything, worrying about what wasn’t done yet. He was Holly’s balance. He knew just what to say to Holly to make things better.
We will all forever miss Jerry. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle, son and son-in-law, teacher, co-worker and friend.