Jerry Lee Drinkall, 62, of Lanesboro, died Monday, June 17, 2013, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, after a long battle with Multiple System Atrophy.

He was born Sept. 16, 1950, in Preston, to Lyle and Violet (Krahn) Drinkall. He was raised in Fillmore until he was five years old, then moved to the Drinkall farm south of Lanesboro. He attended Grubtown Country School until it closed in his fifth-grade year. He then attended Lanesboro Public Schools, where he graduated in 1968. He then attended Winona State University and the University of Minnesota - Waseca.

On May 20, 1978, he married Diane Jensen at North Prairie Lutheran Church in rural Lanesboro. He worked for Minnesota Farm Builders of Rushford for 13 years and Engen Construction of Mabel for a few years. He started his own dairy farm in 1982, where he worked side by side with his wife and children, raising registered Jerseys and Holsteins, until the dairy dispersal on June 11, 2011. He continued to give his expertise to his son and wife on the few dairy heifers they had left, and on their registered Angus herd until the day he died.

He was a member of the Minnesota Jersey Cattle Association, the Holstein Association, the American Angus Association, North Prairie Lutheran Church, and was a 4-H leader.

He had a passion for hard work, especially tossing hay bales in the haymow. He was also passionate about dairy and beef cattle genetics and liked attending dairy and beef shows and sales. He was also an avid reader, especially of farm, dairy, and beef papers, magazines and websites.

He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Diane Drinkall of Lanesboro; three children, Jennifer (Patrick) Skiba of North Branch, Adam Drinkall of Lanesboro, and Stephanie Drinkall of Lanesboro; three grandchildren, Peter, Abigail, and Andrew Skiba of North Branch; his father, Lyle Drinkall of Chatfield; three brothers, Russell (Lynn) Drinkall of Winthrop, Randy (Kari) Drinkall of Rushford, and Lowell (Krystle) Drinkall of Lanesboro; a sister, Nancy (Jerry) Willford of Spring Valley; and by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Violet Drinkall and a nephew, Terry Willford, who was also his godson.

The funeral service was held last Sunday, June 23, at North Prairie Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Janet Warnes and the Rev. Ronald Warnes officiating. Burial was in the North Prairie Lutheran Cemetery.

Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Rushford was in charge of arrangements.

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