Gerald A. Dailey, 81, of St. Charles died Friday, February 22, 2019 at Whitewater Health Services in St. Charles. Gerald was born October 23, 1937 in Stewartville, MN to Sidney and Minnie (Nuehring) Dailey. His family moved to Hinckley, MN for a short time before settling in at a farm in Pilot Mound area when he was young. He was baptized and confirmed at Pilot Mound Lutheran Church and graduated from Chatfield High School in 1957. Gerald and Janet Stevens were married June 15, 1963. They made their home in St. Charles, where Gerald worked for Carl Fischer and Patterson Quarries. He then went to work for Whitewater Healthcare Center for 37 years in maintenance and housekeeping.
He enjoyed music, playing by ear never reading a note. He played bass and rhythm guitar for The Melody Rangers and Whitewater Melody Men from 1966-1980 playing at Red's Dogpatch in Troy, golf course in Plainview, Katie's Red Barn, Cly-Mar in Lewiston and Parkway in St. Charles. Gerald kept a beautiful garden, with a passion for keeping it weed free. He frequently enjoyed sitting in his yard, watching the sunset over his well kept garden. Gerald was a member Faith Lutheran Church and of a St. Charles moped gang, enjoying evening rides around town. He was the oldest in a family of 15, who prided themselves in pranking each other.
Gerald is survived by his wife Janet, three children, Barb (Peter) Snyder of St. Charles, Tom Dailey of Rochester and Jim (Nikki) Dailey of St. Charles, six grandchildren; Kelsie, Trent, Madison, Hunter, Bryan and Ariana, a great-grandchild, Zach and 11 siblings, Anna Wood of Nelson WI; Shirley (Lyle) Bartsh of Plainview; Carl (Sandy) Dailey of Winona; Richard (Connie) Dailey of Millville; Brenda Dailey of Winona; Bonnie Blaser of Spring Valley; Raymond (Patty) Dailey of Lewiston; Gary Dailey (Jo) of Rollingstone; Wally (Susan) Dailey of Lake City; Mike (Kay) Dailey of Dakota and Deb (Harlan) Brandhorst of Hudson, IA. He was preceded in death by a sister Nancy Brand and two brothers, Floyd and David.
Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Faith Lutheran Church in St. Charles with the Reverend Waldemar Gies officiating. Burial will follow in Saratoga Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hoff Funeral Service in St. Charles and one hour before services at the church on Wednesday. Please share a memory of Gerald at his online guestbook and view his video tribute, when it becomes available at www.hofffuneral.com