Jerry A. Stier, 81, of Grand Meadow, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at his home in Grand Meadow.

Born Sept. 2, 1931, in Grand Meadow, he was the son of Alvin and Marcella (Armstrong) Stier and brother to seven siblings. He graduated from Grand Meadow High School in 1949, then enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving our country until 1954. On June 27, 1953, he was united in marriage to Helen Christopherson of Spring Valley. The couple resided in Valdosta, Ga., their first year of marriage, returning to Grand Meadow to make their home.

He worked for Interstate Power Company for over 35 years. He was an active member of the Grand Meadow Volunteer Fire Department for many years and also served as fire chief. He was a charter member of the Grand Meadow Quarterback Club, Pheasants and Habitat SE MN and the Grand Meadow Development Corporation. He was active in a variety of groups and organizations in Grand Meadow and held many offices in those, including GM American Legion Post 140, St Finbarr's Catholic Church and Grand Meadow schools and booster clubs.

He was always a driver in the development of the Grand Meadow community. His love of sports and hunting and fishing created many wonderful friendships and memories throughout the years.

Survivors include his wife of Grand Meadow; one son, Craig (Carol) Stier of Grand Meadow; four daughters, Diane Hodge of Rochester and Deb (Randy) Queensland, Jane (Jeff) Lund and Jill (Mike) Smith, all of Grand Meadow; 13 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Kathleen "Kitty" (Norm) Sween of Grand Meadow, Francis (Barb) Stier of Grand Meadow, Adrian Stier of San Diego, David (Bonnie) Stier of Gridley, Calif., Sylvia Christian of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Suzanne (Tom) Kjeer of Ostrander.

He was preceded in death by his oldest brother, Richard, and numerous beloved black Labrador retrievers, waiting at the pearly gates to bring him "home."

Memorial services were. Saturday, Aug. 31, at St. Finbarr Catholic Church with the Rev. Marreddy Pothireddy officiating and burial at St. Finbarr Cemetery with military rites by the Grand Meadow American Legion Post 140.

Hindt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.