PHOENIX, Ariz. — Jerry Storm, 79, passed away Nov. 21, 2011, in Phoenix, Ariz. He was a long time Brainerd resident and member of the First Baptist Church in Brainerd. Although Jerry had lived in Phoenix for more than 20 years, he always considered Brainerd home. He loved to reminisce about time spent fishing in Minnesota, Montana, Alaska, and Canada with family and friends. Jerry also loved to eat the fish he would catch. “Catch and release” was what happened if you didn’t get to your net fast enough. He enjoyed meeting new people and could start up a conversation with a complete stranger, in a few minutes Jerry would know where they were from, what they did for a living, what kind of car they drove, and what kind of mileage they got. If Jerry could steer the conversation to model trains, he would. Trains became a passion later in life and he spent many hours on his patio working on his trains and displays. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, MaryAnn; sons, Jay (Lisa) and Tod (Kathy), of Bozeman, Mont.; brother, Lee (Diane), of Mesa, Ariz.; sister, Karen Glum, of Pillager, Minn.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
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