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“Betty and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Jerry was quite a guy and I am glad to have met him. Louise ”
1 of 25 | Posted by: Louise Tower - Perham, MN

“Betty and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Jerry was quite a guy and I am glad to have met him. Louise ”
2 of 25 | Posted by: Louise Tower - Perham, MN

“Betty and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Jerry was quite a guy and I am glad to have met him. Louise ”
3 of 25 | Posted by: Louise Tower - Perham, MN

“Betty and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Jerry was quite a guy and I am glad to have met him. Louise ”
4 of 25 | Posted by: Louise Tower - Perham, MN

“Mike and the entire Moriarity Family, You were always a family to look up to in Kewanee. I'm sure you're keeping each other tight during this tough...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Michelle (Ruwe) Moggio - TN

“Betty, you and your family are in our prayers. Jerry will be missed. Dan, Isabelle, Josh and Caley Terry ”
6 of 25 | Posted by: Dan Terry - Rockford, MI

“Betty our sympathy to you and your family. ”
7 of 25 | Posted by: Joe & Connie Sczygiel - Perham, MN

“Betty and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.It was fun to live across the sreet from you on 9th street in La Crosse. Even now...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: sandy & pauline wendling - WI

“Betty and family, We are very saddened to learn of Jerry's passing. We have many good memories of conversations with you and Jerry while sharing...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Larry & Marguerite Ronsberg - ND

“Betty and family, I was so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. Although it has been several years, I can still see him walking down to his dock on...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Stephanie Harnick - Plymouth, MN

“Jerry used his God given gifts to influence so many people. His career in the news industry and his book are to be admired. We have seen the...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: Bob and Toni Bowers - OR

“Pat and family, I know your Dad will be deeply missed.I still remember him from my days as a paperboy.Great Guy! Hoping and praying for you all. God...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Joe Kida - Austin, TX

“Dear Moriarity Family, My father, Dick Galligan worked with Jerry at Lee and always spoke very highly of him. I had the pleasure to meet Jerry at a...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: Sheila Galligan Peth - Chandler, AZ

“Brian & Pam, we are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
14 of 25 | Posted by: Rob Meyers - Zimmerman, MN

“Dear Betty and family, My deepest sympathy to all of you. Jerry had a busy and full life. What an example of leadership!I marvel at all the things he...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: Dorothy Bentley - Marco Island, FL

“Mike and Family, So sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. ”
16 of 25 | Posted by: DEBBIE ROLLAND - COON RAPIDS, MN

“I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. I worked under Jerry for a period at the Kewanee Star Courier and considered him to be a man of utmost...Read More »
17 of 25 | Posted by: Tom Madsen - Decatur, IL

“Jerry had an awesome life and an awesome wife and family. Such a nice obituary. It has certainly been wonderful for me to be connected to your...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Rosemary Hugen - Ottumwa, IA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Mike, Candace, and Carter Hanson ”
19 of 25 | Posted by: Mike Hanson - mandan, ND

“Betty & Family-We are sorry to hear about Jerry's passing. He was a wonderful man and a true Legend. I have always admired all of you Moriarity's...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Clark & Danette Peterson - IA

“Mr. Moriarity was the father of a great family and the best editor of our town's newspaper that we ever had. I was raised on his editorials and my...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: GayleGerard - Kewanee, IL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
22 of 25 | Posted by: Brad & Mary Jo Gehn - Geneseo, IL

“Dear Mike and family, Sincere condolences from all of us in Pine County. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your dad sounds like...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Lu Ann Blegen - Pine City, MN

“Moriarity Family: Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
24 of 25 | Posted by: Kathleen Karnowski - Lindstrom, MN

“You were the best dad ever. Love ya ”
25 of 25 | Posted by: Mary - Rock Island, IL


Gerald "Jerry" Moriarity, born July 28, 1919, in La Crosse, WI, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at the age of 91 in the Perham Memorial Nursing Home. Jerry was a newspaperman with printer's ink running in his veins. He began his career while attending the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, which later named him an Outstanding Alumnus. It was interrupted in 1942, when he served in the Army Air Corps as a Radar Navigator and instructor aboard B-29s. After the war he resumed his career during which he worked at four different newspapers, three of which he guided as publisher, in three different states. He pioneered newspaper involvement in cable TV. He leased a cable TV station and created an electronic newspaper The "Courier Cable" news which was so unique it drew attention throughout the media industry. Not content to be a spectator, he was active in many civic and service organizations. He collected dozens of professional awards and special honors. Chief among them were the Illinois Editor of the Year, the Iowa Press Association Master Editor-Publisher, the Iowa Newspaper Association Distinguished Service Award, and the National Newspaper Association highest award. While much of his career was spent in executive capacities, he left a legacy of award winning writings and columns behind him. His by-line regularly appeared in the news columns of the papers he directed and for years he wrote a weekly column aptly named, "Not All Malarkey". In 1973 during the Watergate episode, he generated national attention with his editorial titled "A Plea for Sanity". It was reprinted in almost 600 papers -- reportedly the most widely reprinted editorial of a political nature during the months leading up to President Nixon's resignation, and led to interviews on National Public Radio, as well as appearances on Cronkite TV News, and C-SPAN. He took great pride in the fact that he had met and interviewed 10 presidents. He later wrote a book recounting some of these interviews and his impressions of the qualities that would make the best President. Jerry married Betty Gray of Perham, MN, on June 18, 1949, at St. Henry's Catholic Church. Together they raised eight children with many a vacation spent in Perham where they purchased a lake home. He was active in the Little Pine Lake Association and promoted the 4th of July activities with gusto. His retirement years were active with writing, speaking, painting and traveling. During their retirement years, Jerry and Betty spent their summers on Little Pine Lake in Perham and winters in Sun City West, AZ. He loved life, anything and everything Irish, reunions of extended families and classmates, and a cigar to celebrate big and small events. Proud to be a veteran, he flew the flag on the North Shore daily. He was a man of faith and a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree. Jerry was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend. He is survived by wife, Betty of Perham; children, Daniel (Jan) of St. Michael, MN; Kathleen Moriarity Pray (Dean) of Peoria, AZ; Michael (Patty) of Eden Prairie, MN; Mary Moriarity Gehn (Allan) of Rock Island, IL; Patrick (Peggy) of Pella, IA; Brian (Pamela) of Big Lake, MN; Timothy of Columbia, MO; and Joseph (Lisa) of Mahtomedi, MN; sixteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews, and countless friends. Preceded in death by his parents, Daniel J. and Emma (Krause) Moriarty; brother, Daniel J. "Buddy"; and sisters, Betty Zunker and Phyllis Lau. Memorials are preferred to St. Henry's School or the Transitions Household at the Perham Memorial Home.

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