Long-time MQHA member, friend and volunteer Jerry Nanik, 67, passed away Friday, April 5, 2013, surrounded by family at home.
The memorial mass was held Wednesday, April 10 at St.
Ann’s Catholic Church in Wadena.
Jerry was an avid Quarter Horse breeder and exhibitor, was a founder of
the Wadena Run horse shows, and was a familiar face at many shows where
he volunteered at the gate and other jobs. He was inducted into the MQHA Hall of Fame in January.
Jerome Leo Nanik was born to Leo Vincent and Mary Catherine (Schwartz)
Nanik on July 9, 1945 in Wadena, MN. He attended the Verndale Public
Schools, graduating in 1963.
Jerry and Lois Darlene Krupke were married at St. Frederick’s Catholic
Church in Verndale on October 19, 1967. Jerry attended Vocational
School and will be remembered by area community members as the owner of
Nanik Electric in Verndale.
Jerry also found time to fish and hunt and had an interest in old cars.
He was a member of the Minnesota Quarter Horse Association, American
Quarter Horse Association, Central MN Horse Improvement Association, MN
Electrical Association, and was a St. Frederick’s Parish Council Member
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Leo and Mary; brother Anthony; and sister Helen Nanik.
He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife Lois; sons Larry Dean
Nanik of Verndale and Scott Leon (Ginger) Nanik of Anna, Ohio; daughter
Connie Lynn (Anthony) Brezina of New Prague, MN; six grandchildren;
brothers James (Pam) Nanik of Alexandria and Richard (Sherri) Nanik of
Staples; sisters Arlene (Michael) Marquardt of CA, Joan (Billy) Bridges
of Savage, Linda (Stanley) Snyder of Pillager and Susan (Raymond)
Schmidt of Maple Grove.