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In Memory of Jerome 'Jingles' Amundson

Visitation

4-6PM - Tuesday, December 15 at the O'Connell Funeral Home in Hudson

Funeral Services

11AM - Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at the O'Connell Funeral Home in Hudson

Jerome ’Jingles’ R. Amundson, age 79, of Hudson, WI, former Deputy Police Officer and 911 Dispatcher for St. Croix County Police Department, passed away peacefully on December 9, 2015 at the Christian Community Home in Hudson, surrounded by his family. 

Jerome was born on June 3, 1936 in Hudson, WI to Floyd and Marie (Johnson) Amundson. He graduated from Hudson High School, and shortly after, enlisted in the Army National Guards where he proudly served for eight years. From 1950-1960, Jerome began is his career in law enforcement, as a deputy police officer in St. Croix County. It was as a deputy where Jerome’s outgoing personality and “people person” mentality shown through. Following his time as a deputy, he began his career as a jailor at the St. Croix County Jail, where he made many lasting friendships and positively affected the lives of the inmates. He worked at the jail until 1977 when he found his passion and talent as a 911 Dispatcher for the county. After ten years of service and when his health began to decline, he retired in 1987. Jerome was immensely proud of his time in law enforcement and all of the lives he’s helped over the years. 

Aside from his time in law enforcement, Jerome enjoyed spending time woodworking in his garage, watching professional wrestling, cheering on the Minnesota Vikings, and playing cribbage with his family and friends. Despite his manly exterior, he was also a talented crafter and drawer. He cherished time spent with his wife, Shirley (Koon) Amundson, daughters, Jane and Juanita, and his many grandchildren. Everyone who knew Jingles considered him a friend, as he did as well. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his daughters, Jane Amundson and Juanita Amundson; grandchildren: John Amundson, Christopher Skipton, Andrea Amundson, Henry Diaz, and Matthew Diaz; and siblings, Richard “Monk” (Jodi) Amundson and Susie (Lawrence) Moe. He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Amundson; two infant daughters; his parents; and his brother, Larry. 

A Gathering of Family and Friends will take place from 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson. A Memorial Service will held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 15, 2015 at the funeral home, with a gathering held one hour prior to the service. Interment at Willow River Cemetery. 

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    • I remember Jerry from way back when I was just a little girl. My uncle was the sheriff and Jerry was like his “right hand.” My cousins and I had a lot of fun with him. He was a nice guy. I even think he babysat sometimes! May you rest in peace Jerry.

    • If you ever met him you’d never forget him. Worked with him for 5 years and never saw him upset and always was there to help when you needed it. I will always smile when I think of him, will miss you Jingles.

    • I had the pleasure of working with Jingles. Whenever you walked through the door he would serenade you with a song and a big smile. A sweet and gentle man whose eyes would light up when he talked about Shirley and his girls. I told my husband Jingles had died. I added, Amundson. His reply was, “There’s only one Jingles”. And that sums it up perfectly. RIP Jingles. You were one of a kind.

    • FIRST TIME I REMEMBER MEETING JEROME AMUNDSON A.K.A. KNOWN AS TO MANY OTHERS AS JINGLES IS WHEN WE FIRST MOVED TO SOMERSET.HIM AND HIS WIFE SHIRLEY WERE TWO OF THE SWEETEST COUPLE TO BE AROUND. THEN MEETING THEIR DAUGHTERS JANE AND JUANITA.HE WOULD ALWAYS COME OVER AND PLAY CARDS WITH MY FATHER LEROY VANDEVREDE.HIM AND MY DAD WERE REALLY GOOD FRIENDS.JINGLES YOU WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED BY EVERYONE.