Roy Bernhard Gjertsen

Published 7:00 am Friday, October 26, 2018

Roy Bernhard Gjertsen

October 23, 2018

Funeral Services for Roy Bernhard Gjertsen, age 90, of Picayune, MS, who passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2018, will be held Sunday, October 28, 2018, at 3:00 pm at Roseland Park Baptist Church.

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Visitation will be Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm at Roseland Park Baptist Church.

Burial will be in New Palestine Cemetery under the direction of McDonald Funeral Home.

Rev. Dan Young will officiate the service.

A native of New Orleans, LA, he was retired from the US Marines Corps, where he served three tours of duty in Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.

He received the China Honor Medal for his service in Taiwan.  After he retired from the Marine Corp, Roy attended PRCC and USM where he received his degree in Art education.  He taught Art at both Picayune Jr and Sr High Schools for 6 years. Once he left teaching, he opened Roy’s Gym and operated it for 17 yrs. 

During that time he had numerous Mr. Universe and Mr. American pass through.  Picayune Police Department also used his services as a sketch artist for their criminal cases. 

He was a faithful member of Roseland Park Baptist Church. Roy was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend who will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Haakon Gunval Gjertsen and Ingrid Christine Pedersen Gjertsen; his wife of 65 years, Gloria Ann Stockstill Gjertsen; and his brothers, Haakon Albert Gjertsen and Jan Arthur Gjertsen.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Jeanne Gail Gjertsen, Stephen Eric Gjertsen, and Scott Alan (Mindy) Gjertsen; his loving grandchildren, Christy Bryson, Anders Gjertsen, and Laura Frances Gjertsen; and several nieces and nephews.