On Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at the age of 79, our beloved "Babe" left this world, surrounded by his children and friends, to be with his high school sweetheart, Darlene. Gerald Paul "Babe" Monson was born on Nov. 5, 1938, in Rothsay, Minn. He was the sixth child of Julian Monson and Effie Halbakken. Shortly after his birth, the name Gerald Paul was dropped, and he became known as "Babe." He was baptized Nov. 30, 1938, and was confirmed on May 24, 1953, at the First Lutheran Church in Glasgow.