CONRAD Gerald Vandenacre, 80, of Conrad, died of cancer Saturday, Feb. 16, at Pondera Medical Center.
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Visitation is 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pondera Funeral Home. Funeral services are 11 a.m. Thursday at Conrad Christian Reformed Church. Burial with military honors will follow in Hillside Cemetery. Pondera Funeral Home handled arrangements.
Gerald was born May 30, 1932, in Conrad to William and Rena (Borduin) Vandenacre. He was raised in Conrad and graduated from Conrad High School in 1949. He gratefully served his country with the U.S. Army in the Korean War. He then became a lifelong farmer and rancher, earning the Outstanding Young Farmer award in 1966.
He married JoAnn VanDyke in October of 1960 and celebrated 52 years of marriage.
Gerald enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, loved history, camping, traveling, wintering in Yuma, Ariz., and hunting in the mountains, where he earned the title "Camp Boss."
Gerald had a very strong faith and was active in his church, on the council and anywhere needed. Gerald was extremely active in water resource development in the state of Montana. He spent 33 years on the Pondera County Canal and Reservoir Company, serving as president for much of that time. He was also a board member and president of the Upper Missouri Water Users Association and earned a distinguished service award. He was past chairman of Tri-County Elevator and was very instrumental in forming the Farmer's Terminal Association, which is now Columbia Grain. Gerald clerked auctions for Buckley-VanDyke Auctions and later Buckley Auctions for more than 45 years.
Survivors include wife JoAnn; daughter Cindy (Terry) Greyn; sons Daryl (Traci) Vandenacre and Greg (Cathy) Vandenacre all of Conrad; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Sidney and Merlin.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Feb. 19, 2013