Robert Gerald ‘Jerry’ Babcock – Marshall Democrat-News

January 5, 1934 – October 9, 2022

Robert Gerald “Jerry” Babcock went to join his Savior on October 9, 2022, at the age of 88.

Jerry was born in Saratoga, Minnesota, the first of four siblings. He spent a happy childhood on a farm in Pickwick, Minnesota. At the age of 17, Jerry joined the Navy as an aviator and aviation mechanic and was stationed in the Pacific during nuclear bomb testing at Bikini Atoll. He served from 1951 to 1954. Upon his release, he returned to Minnesota and rekindled his romance with Janet Swedberg. They married in 1955 and had five children. Jerry attended Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, followed by Grace Theological Seminary and worked as a part-time pastor. Eventually he was hired by the USDA as a food inspector, first in Minnesota, then in Marshall, Missouri in what is now Conagra, retiring in 2004. He met his second wife of 19 years, Carolyn Riley, in Conagra. Jerry was always curious and had a number of interests. He researched and wrote books on Aztec treasure and Civil War treasure, among other topics, even going so far as to organize expeditions to search for these treasures. Jerry loved people and was always ready to lend a hand or grab a coffee and a chat.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his sister, Marion; daughters, Kristen Babcock and Kimberley Kinsey (Bob); sons, Nathan (Nate), David (Linda) and Mark; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He lived a full life and will be greatly missed. There will be no services at this time.

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