Jerry Hemeyer


Jerald (Jerry) Lynn Hemeyer

Jerry was born on July 1, 1952 in Mitchell, SD, to Clarence (Bud) and Maxine (Kenyon) Hemeyer. At the age of 69, Jerry entered his Heavenly home on November 3rd after a battle with cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer). Jerry grew up on a farm near Stickney, SD and graduated from Stickney High School in 1970. On April 27, 1985, Jerry married Julie Schnabel at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Tripp, SD. Added to this union were three children, Heather, Kyle, and Carrie. Family meant everything to Jerry, and he made every effort to support his kids in all of their activities. In 1991, Jerry started his decorated 27 year career as the Wastewater Technician for South Dakota Association of Rural Water Systems where he enjoyed traveling the state helping small towns with wastewater issues. He loved his career and made many great friends from across the state. Jerry also served many different roles in the Gregory community. He served as a city councilor, member of the Gregory Athletic Club, volunteer firefighter, and an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Jerry had many hobbies and was known to help anyone he could. He loved helping neighbors and could fix just about anything. Jerry enjoyed hunting with his kids, umpiring and watching baseball, fishing with his kids and grandkids, woodworking, and adventuring with Julie in the Black Hills with their side-by-side. He also was an avid supporter of the Gregory Gorillas and Burke-Gregory Storm wrestling team.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 36 years, Julie and their three children, Heather (Warren) Bender of Pickstown, Kyle (Megan) Hemeyer of Aberdeen, Carrie (André) of Sioux Falls; six grandchildren: JeriAnn and Paetyn Bender, Israel, Theodore, Elijah and Oliver Zachariahs; one sister, Gwen (Gerrit) Norden of Corsica; one brother, Bert Hemeyer of Sioux Falls; one brother in-law, Larry Bohr of Pierre; many nieces, nephews, neighbors, and friends.

He was preceded in death by an unborn child; his parents, Maxine and Clarence (Bud) Hemeyer; a brother, Stanley Hemeyer; a sister, Lila (Hemeyer) Bohr; in-laws, Maynard and Wilma Schnabel.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, November 13 at 10:30 a.m. at St John Lutheran Church, Gregory, SD. Burial will be at 3 pm at Pleasant View Cemetery, Tripp, South Dakota. There will be a Prayer Service Friday night at 7 pm at the Church.