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John "Jack" T. McNerney

May 2, 1938 — February 26, 2021

John T. “Jack” McNerney, age 82 of Blue Earth, passed away on Friday, February 26, 2021 at United Hospital District in Blue Earth. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Friday, March 5, 2021 at SSPP Catholic Church in Blue Earth. A time for visitation will be held on Thursday from 5-7pm at Patton Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at church. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery in Fairmont. Guests are also invited to watch the service live at

John Thomas “Jack” McNerney was born on May 2, 1938 in Pleasant Prairie Township, Martin County, Minnesota to John Louis and Margaret (Wade) McNerney. He was the youngest of 6 children.

Jack attended St. Paul’s Catholic School in Fairmont through 8th grade and then attended high school at Granada. He graduated in 1956. He attended Mankato State College and Minneapolis School of Business.

Jack married Ruth Ann Schmit on November 24, 1962 at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Fairmont. They have four children.

Jack loved sports of all kinds. He participated as a young man, he followed his children’s sporting events when they were in school, and then in his later years he spent many hours all year round following college wrestling, watching the Twins and the Vikings (if they were winning). After he retired, he rediscovered his love of the game of golf which gave him much happiness and the joy of time spent with friends on the golf course.

Jack was a salesman, he loved to talk and share stories with his family and friends. Above all else Jack loved his family, his wife, children, and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Margaret, his sisters, Margaret and Nylene, his sisters and brothers in law, Monica and Cliff Post, Marvis and Louis Maday, and Rose Ann and Gus Ewald and Charles Schmit.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth; children, Todd (Teresa) McNerney of Charleston, SC, Theresa (Mark) Lenz of Scandia, Ann (Kelly) Lennon of Minnetonka, and son, Michael (Gina Zierke) McNerney of Blue Earth; 8 grandchildren, Aidan, Thomas, Mathew, Sean, Elliot, Adeline, Riley, and Molly; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, March 4, 2021

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service

400 E 14th St, Blue Earth, MN 56013

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Funeral Service

Friday, March 5, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church

214 S Holland St, Blue Earth, MN 56013

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