Services for Gerald Cote

Gerald Cote passed away Monday, February 10, 2020 at the First Care Living Center in Fosston at the age of 87 years, 2 months and 5 days.


Funeral services are schedule for Saturday, February 22, 2020. Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 AM at the St Francis Xavier Catholic Church of Oklee and funeral to follow at 11:00 AM. Burial will be at the church cemetery following the service.


 Gerald Duane Cote was born on December 5, 1932 in Terrebonne township, Terrebonne, Minnesota to parents Arthur and Laura (LaCoursiere) Cote. He was baptized December 18, 1932 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Terrebonne and confirmed August 5, 1945 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Oklee Minnesota. Attended country school through the 8th grade.


Gerald married Lorraine Christianson on December 19, 1953 at St. Francis Xavier Church Rectory. They were blessed with one son Dale and a daughter Debbie.  They lived and raised their family on the family farm and worked together daily. Gerald farmed his whole life and had done township road maintenance for a number of years, worked campaign at American Crystal Sugar in Crookston, welded at Arctic Cat in Thief River Falls, and worked for Oklee Manufacturing.  Gerald had been a resident of First Care Living Center since October 2018.


Gerald had an art for welding and created many useful items for the farm shop where you could find him many hours of the day. He and Lorraine took a few trips to Wisconsin, Hawaii, Arizona, Las Vegas. But their roots were near home most of the time. He loved his children, grandchildren (who all lived nearby) and great-grandchildren. He will be missed dearly.


He was a member of the Chester Township board, member of several coops, member of St Francis Xavier Catholic Church Oklee.


Survivors include his wife of 66 years Lorraine, son Dale (Bonnie) Cote, daughter Debbie (Rick) Sherman. Grandchildren Conway (Kim) Olson, Nicosia (Andy) Ubert, Ryan (Andi) Sherman, Jennifer (John) Van Dam, Jesse Sherman, Douglas (Tracy) Cote.  Great grandchildren Sidney Olson, Paige Olson, Jack Ubert, Nate Ubert, Bentley Ubert, Amari Ubert, Bailey Sherman, Shelby Sherman, Ryleigh Sherman, Stella Sherman, Caitlyn Van Dam, Olivia Van Dam, Alexandra VanDam.


Gerald is survived by several sister in laws and brother in laws, nephews and nieces.


He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Lloyd and sister- in- law Rita Cote, nephew Danny Cote, son-in-law Curtis Olson, great grandson Lucas Ubert.


Condolences may be sent at


Richards Publishing

P.O. Box 159
239 2nd Ave
Gonvick, MN 56644
Telephone: (218) 487-5225

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