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GERALD 'JERRY' HEIMANN Gerald (Jerry) Heimann, an avid outdoorsman, was often referred to as the "gentle giant." Jerry grew up in Chico, California and was active in the Boy Scouts of America. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, which undoubtedly forged his love of the outdoors and kindled his ingenuity. He was also a star pitcher on the Rockets Little League team where he could pitch both left and right handed. He also pitched the first no hitter in the Chico Little League history. After retiring from teaching at Chico High School in California for 36 years, Jerry's love for the outdoors drew him and his wife, Ginny, to Bozeman in 2000. Jerry enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking and boating. Jerry was most proud of the ski boat that he had precisely built in which he installed a 427 Chevrolet V8 motor. As his daughters, Karen and Lynne were growing up, the family spent many hours in the summer water skiing at Black Butte Lake in California. After moving to Bozeman, Jerry volunteered at Habitat for Humanity building houses after having been the sole contractor for several houses. He really enjoyed building houses for those in need. At an early age, his father, a painting contractor by trade, taught Jerry and his brother the in's and out's of the business. After painting with his father and brother every summer, he went on to obtain his own contractor's license and painted when he was on vacation from teaching school. Jerry's education served him well through the years. After graduating with a master's degree in Industrial Technology in 1962 from Chico State University, he taught auto shop, drafting, and wood shop at Chico High School. He also taught auto mechanics part-time at Butte Junior College helping students master the maintenance of their cars. Jerry was always putting on another hat and never had a dull moment managing the family's 20 acre almond ranch. He often came home after long days of harvesting covered with dust where one could only see the whites of his eyes. He was a proud member of the Gallatin Eagles RC Flying Club and enjoyed flying and building model airplanes. Another one of his many passions was barbecuing . Family and friends enjoyed Jerry's prowess in the pit. His food was so delicious that his daughters referred to their dad as "the grillmaster." He is survived by his wife Ginny of 37 years, daughters Karen Sprotte and Lynne Hurley, step children, Carl Borgquist and Christina Zantman, brother Douglas Heimann, and sister, Joyce Storz, and six grandchildren, Charlie, Gigi, James, Alexis, Annie, Eric, Sophia and Max. He was preceded in death by his parents Nina and Robert Heimann. Donations can be made to: The America Parkinson's Disease Association, in memory of Gerald Heimann, 180 Nickerson St. Suite 108 Seattle, WA 98109 or at the web@ APDAParkinson.org/northwest
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on June 29, 2018
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