Our beloved husband, dad, grandpa and brother, Jerry E. Leep, age 68, was called home to his heavenly Father on March 5, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer.
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Jerry was born July 27, 1947, the 10th of 12 children to Harry and Edith (Alberda) Leep in Bozeman MT. Jerry grew up on the family dairy farm and attended Manhattan Christian School, graduating in 1965. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in October of 1966 and served a tour in Vietnam.
Upon returning home, he married his high school sweetheart, Linda Van Egmond, on October 11, 1968. They made their home in the Churchill area where they began dairy farming and raising a family of three boys. Dairy farming was Jerry's lifelong calling that continues today with his sons at the Leep Dairy in Toston, Montana.
Jerry was active in his church, Bethel Christian Reformed Church, where he was a lifelong member and served as elder and deacon as well as spending many hours writing to prisoners through the Crossroad Bible Institute. He also served on the Board at Manhattan Christian School, the Darigold Board of Directors and the Montana Board of Livestock. He enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing, but his greatest joy was spending time with family, especially his nine grandkids. Most important to him was his faith and the assurance of salvation through Jesus' death and resurrection.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Andrew and Dave, sisters, Claire and Caroline, brothers-in-law, Bill Blake, Ed Folkersma, Alex Kimm, and John Kinna.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Linda; sons, Shane (Bree) and their children, Dylan, Sam, and Jackson; Jeremy (Nikki) and their children Megan, Jake, and Olivia; Ben (Tami) and their children Abbi, Brook, and Dani. He is also survived by brothers, Bill (Fran) and Eldon (Shari); sisters, Arlene Blake, Betty Folkersma, Lois Morren (Don), Mary Ann Vandyken (Roger), and Dorthy Kinna, sister-in-law, Aria Leep, brothers- and sisters-in-law, Larry and Arlene Vandyke, Joe and Judy Braaksma, Bill and Diane Van Egmond and Bill and Joan Alberda; and numerous nieces and nephews.
We would like to thank our family and friends who have held us up in prayer and love through this difficult journey.
Visitation hours will be held from 12-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 with family present from 6-8 p.m. at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. Graveside services with Military Honors will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 10 at Hills Cemetery with memorial services to follow at 11 a.m. at Bethel Christian Reformed Church.
Memorials may be made to Manhattan Christian School Foundation, 8000 Churchill Rd., Manhattan, MT 59741 or to Crossroad Bible Institute, P.O. Box 900, Grand Rapids, MI 49509-0900.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Mar. 8 to Mar. 9, 2016