MOSCOW, IDAHO Gerald E. Ferguson, 80, of Moscow, Idaho, died of natural causes Sunday Feb. 24, at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow.
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Services have taken place. Short's Funeral Chapel, Moscow, handled arrangements.
Gerald was born May 27, 1932, in Hamilton, to John and Elsie Ferguson. He grew up in Great Falls and Simms. After graduating from Simms High School, Gerald married his high school sweetheart, Gwenn Lee on Feb. 11, 1950. He then served in the United States Air Force for two years. After the service, Gerald worked as a fireman in Great Falls while attending the College of Great Falls and Montana State University, earning his associate degree in nursing. He then earned a certificate in nursing anesthesia from the Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas.
Gerald worked as a nurse anesthetist in hospitals up and down the west coast throughout his 35-year career. After retiring in 1997, Gerald and Gwenn moved to the Moscow area to be closer to family. Gerald loved to watch westerns, attend mountain man rendezvous and tinker with black powder rifles.
Gerald is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gwenn Ferguson at their Troy home; children Scott (Julie) Ferguson, Debbie Fischer, Greg (Laura) Ferguson, Jody (Neil) Ferguson and Jill Ferguson; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Adventist Development and Relief Association at www.ADRA.org.
Condolences may be posted online at www.shortsfuneralchapel.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.
Published in Great Falls Tribune on Mar. 5, 2013