Gerald 'Jerry' Vincent Meyer, 76 of Bozeman passed away Thursday May 31, 2012 from medical complications and injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born August 24, 1935 at the family farm in Lostwood, N.D, the tenth child of 16 children born to Anna Belle and Bernard Meyer. Jerry remained in North Dakota until he was a teenager, later re-locating to Montana.
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Jerry met Deanna Murphy in 1956 while working at a local service station in Havre. The two were married June 26, 1959 following his enlistment in the United States Army, honorably discharged in 1960. During the course of his lifetime Jerry became proficient in many trades traveling around Montana and the Dakotas. In 1960, Jerry and Deanna moved to Rapid City, S.D. where their first child, daughter Tammy Meyer was born. During this time Jerry worked on the South Dakota missile base. Shortly after, the two moved to Libby where their second child was born, Jeffrey Meyer, while Jerry worked on the Libby Dam. In 1963, the two moved to Bozeman where Jerry worked for Peter Kiewit Construction and Pioneer Ready Mix. In 1969, Jerry started work in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The following year, 1970 they completed their family with the addition of their third child, Duane Meyer. Jerry and Deanna later divorced. For the next 13 years Jerry continued to work in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska on the Alaskan Pipeline operating heavy equipment. Jerry returned to Montana after his time spent in Alaska and partnered with close friend Donald LaPlant to start a heavy equipment operating company, L & M Construction. This business partnership continued until Jerry's third and final retirement came in 1997.
In 1992, Jerry met and fell in love with his current wife, Colleen Bies, becoming a loving father figure to her young daughter Krystal. Jerry and Colleen remained devoted to each other until they made it official December 30, 2002 in Las Vegas, Nev. Jerry's retirement years and several summers were spent with Colleen enjoying the company of family and close friends at their Cabin and second home at the Silos on Canyon Ferry Lake. Jerry enjoyed fishing every chance that he got, shooting a game of pool with friends and fixing and completing projects from woodworking to mechanics. Jerry was known to lend a helping hand to anyone and took great pride in his ability to fix anything.
Jerry was preceded in death by his mother and father, Anna Belle and Bernard Meyer; brothers, Lawrence, Robert, David, Bernard and Theodore; sisters, Lavonne, Bernice, Jean, Laurita and Margaret; close friends; Norbert 'Boots' Elliot, Donnie Fueller and Glenn 'Muggs' Kersting.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Colleen Meyer, his children, Tammy (Glenn) Curry of Belgrade, Jeff (Kim) Meyer of Bozeman, and Duane Meyer of Bozeman, his step-daughter, Krystal (Will) Schmitz of Bozeman; grandchildren, Kasey Ortman of Whitefish, Tanner, Bodie, and Skylar Meyer; brothers, Skeeter (Yvonna) Meyer of Libby, Roland (Hattie) Meyer of Whitefish; sisters, Doris, Juanita and Sandy all of Iowa, favorite sister-in-law, Vivian Meyer of Townsend followed by numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews. Jerry's caring yet stern nature gained him the title of 'father' to many people including Marty Heckel of Belgrade and Mark Jackson of Jacksonville, Fla. Close friends of Jerry's were too many to count but some of which include his friend and past business partner Donald LaPlant, Denny Poore, Paul Jakubek, Doug Smith all of Bozeman and Buddy Satre of Belgrade. Last, but not least, his faithful jack russell companion, Daisy.
A celebration of life for family and friends will be held Wednesday, June 6 at 2 p.m. at Jeff Meyer's residence, 6800 Patterson Road in Bozeman. A memorial celebration will be held Saturday, August 11t at the Meyer Cabin on Canyon Ferry, all family and friends to are encouraged to attend. Cremation has taken place. Dokken-Nelson funeral home is assisting with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank or the
. Jerry will always be remembered as a wise father, faithful husband and loyal friend. Jerry and his dry, witty humor will be missed greatly by many.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 3, 2012