Jerome Steven Bischoff

Jerome Steven Bischoff, 50, of Hibbing, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Nov. 21, 2018, the morning before Thanksgiving Day.

Jerry graduated in 1987 from Hibbing High School, where on occasion he outshone several more studious classmates and siblings. He was a member of the HHS Math Team. Jerry was proud to have served in the U.S. Navy. Rare in these times, Jerry was a jack-of-all-trades. He had a working knowledge of Greek cuisine, nursing, house painting, manufacturing, construction, logging and cultivating pumpkins along with his Grandma Agnes Barkis’ pole beans.

For several years Jerry worked as a laborer at Irathane Systems in Hibbing. He was a skilled and generous cook, fisherman and hunter. He was exceptionally good company for taking a walk, catching up by phone or visiting over coffee. Jerry’s warmth, kindness and humor touched many people’s lives. His bright smile could make bumping into you seem like the highlight of his day. He had a fine singing voice, which will be missed at Christmas carol sing-alongs. Jerry’s bear hugs will be missed year-round.

Jerry left behind a large and loving family, as well as numerous close friends who were like family to him. Survivors include his son, Jonathon Louis Benepe Bischoff of Pengilly; longtime sweetheart, Terri Draves of Hibbing; mother, Grace Bischoff, and her partner Philip Boness of Virginia; two brothers, Bernard Joe Bischoff of Duluth and Joel Russ Bischoff of New York City; seven sisters: Gail Frances Goettsch of Eagan, Minn., Anita Marie Renzetti of San Rafael, Calif., Nancy Kay Bischoff of Bellingham, Wash., Mari Lynette Evans of St. Paul, LeAnn Grace Bischoff of Oakland, Calif., Tara Louise Bischoff of St. Paul and Maila Rae Bischoff of Anchorage, Alaska. His brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles cherished his presence at family gatherings.

Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Bernard John Bischoff of Hibbing.

Funeral: A memorial service was held Friday, Nov. 30, at Dougherty Funeral Home in Hibbing.

Visitation: Was held for one hour prior to the services Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial: In lieu of flowers, memorials will be appreciated. A surprise favor to brighten a neighbor’s day would be even more like Jerry.

Arrangements are with the Dougherty Funeral Home of Hibbing. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit our website at

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