Jerry Dean Nicholson


March 16, 1938 - April 14, 2012




Jerry Dean Nicholson was born March 16, 1938 to Clifton and Lucille (Zard) Nicholson on the family farm near Artesian.  Jerry attended the Ravenna Township country school. He graduated from Plano Consolidated School in 1956. Jerry met the love of his life, Charlotte Rose King, while in high school. Jerry and Charlotte were united in marriage on June 29, 1958 at the First Lutheran Church in Mitchell.

Jerry lived on the family farm all of his life.  He was an active farmer, raising cattle, hogs and milking cows.  Jerry and Charlotte loved to attend auction sales, collecting John Deere toys and ornaments, pigs, cookie jars and 4 inch crescent wrenches.  Jerry enjoyed gardening and delivering his produce to friends and neighbors. He also collected Corn Palace Stampede Rodeo belt buckles. Jerry was known for his homemade ice cream that he made and shared with everyone.

Jerry was a member of the Moose Lodge, SD Stock Growers, SD Pork Producers and sat on the Ravenna Township Board for many years. He enjoyed volunteering at the Carnegie Resource Center.

Jerry loved spending time with the grandkids and great-grandkids.  Jerry is survived by his wife, Charlotte; his daughter, Jodi; his sons: Brian (Renee), Layne (Anita) and Scott (Carol); fourteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.  Preceding him in death were his grandson, Bradley Layne Nicholson, his parents, Clifton and Lucille Nicholson, his brother, Keith Nicholson, sister-in-law, Jessie King and four nieces and one  nephew.



Wednesday, April 18, 2012
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Thursday, April 19, 2012
10:30 AM
Presbyterian Church
500 East 5th Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Stacy Nicholson (Henkel) on April 17, 2012
I will forever miss all the memories of milking cows with grandpa.. making homemade ice cream and just working around the farm.. spending the night on the weekends and all the wonderful holidays and all the memories of him and my children .. I'm honored to have to have had him in my childrens lives and he will be forever missed, but we know he's in a better place now in no pain.. love you grandpa!!
Posted by Ariel Nicholson on April 17, 2012
Such a great man. He was my hero. We will forever miss him and hold his memories with love in our hearts forever.
Posted by Weyland and Sharon Hvam on April 16, 2012
Charlotte and family
Our sympathy to you at this time of Jerry's death. The memories you have of him will be of great importance to your family in the days ahead. We remember his big smile.
Posted by Lorraine King on April 16, 2012
Jodi, So sorry to hear of your loss. Keep the memories in your heart.
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