Gerald TerMeer

Gerald TerMeer


May 17, 1940 - November 24, 2021


Gerald TerMeer, 81, of Alexandria, SD, passed away Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at Prairie Lakes Hospital in Watertown, SD. Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 PM Friday, December 3, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery in Ethan, SD. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Thursday, at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 6:30 PM Scripture Service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

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Gerald Lee TerMeer was born May 17, 1940, in Parkston, SD to Leo and Lorraine (Kurtenbach) TerMeer. He grew up in Ethan, SD and graduated from Ethan High School. Gerald farmed his entire life.

On October 15, 1960, Gerald married Shirley (Boddicker) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Parkston. To this union they had four children, Curtis, Craig, Kevin, and Kimberly.

Gerald served on the Worthen Township Board for many years as the Treasurer. He took over this position from his father, Leo in 2004, and in 2020 when his health began to decline, his son, Kevin took over the position. Gerald was also a member and Officer of the Moose Lodge.

Gerald loved hunting, fishing, and car races. He enjoyed watching college football and basketball, pro baseball, the Green Bay Packers, and old westerns.

Gerald is survived by his sons, Curtis (Evelyn) of Rapid City, SD, and Kevin (Lisa) of Alexandria, SD; daughter, Kimberly (Jesse) Spurgin of Watertown, SD; grandchildren, Cody (Kori) TerMeer, Zachery TerMeer, Tyler TerMeer, Eric (Suzy) TerMeer, Katie (Jayme) Juhnke, Adam (Kelly) TerMeer, Natasha (Izaak) Goldammer, Kyle (Tori) Stirling, Brandon (Rachel) Weber, Lucas Weber, Derek Schutte, and Jake Schutte; great-grandchildren, Nolan, Reese, John, Katalyn, Kanyon, Kimry, Makenna, Marrik, Jakoby, Tallie, Henley, and Benson; and siblings, Vilas (Darlene) TerMeer of Pequot Lakes, MN, Keith (Janice) TerMeer of Sioux Falls, SD, and Jackie (Ed) Breck of Sioux Falls, SD.

He was preceded in death by his son, Craig, parents, and maternal and paternal grandparents.  



Thursday, December 2, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Friday, December 3, 2021
2:00 PM
Holy Family Catholic Church
222 N Kimball St
Mitchell, SD 57301


Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery
Ethan, SD

Posted by Barry Wagner on December 2, 2021
My prayers are for you.Gerald js in the hands of our Lord. GOD bless. You on this nice day.see you tonite
Posted by Jackie Breck on December 1, 2021
My brother loved his family and wanted the very best for them. He will b missed. but so thankful he has peace and rest in the arms of our Lord.
Posted by Shawna Goldammer on November 30, 2021
Jerry loved family. He was very kind to this city girl that became a cousin (in law) He was a true testament to the family farmer. Iā€™m sorry for this loss and my he Rest In Peace.
Posted by Lee Rosa Kurtenbach on November 30, 2021
Feeling so sad about the loss of Jerry. My very kind cousin. We attended the same country school for a few years, before his family moved into another school area. On my very first day of school, I had an embarrassing incident and was crying. He was so loving and kind to me that day and I have never forgot his caring. He was a gaint in my eyes that day. Many good memories growing up. Wishing his family much comfort.
Posted by Elizabeth Haufschild on November 30, 2021
I only got to know him for a short while but can see why so many loved him. He was a sweet man & had a pure heart. The farmer in him sure shined through as well as his devotion to family. God's blessing & peace over each of you as you miss this wonderful man.
Posted by Lynn on November 30, 2021
So Sorry For Your Loss ,,,,, Your. All. In. My. Thoughts. & Prayers šŸ™šŸ¼ May. He. Rest in. Peace āœļø May GOD Give You All. Comfort Duing This Time šŸ™šŸ¼āœļø
Posted by Vilas TerMeer on November 29, 2021
Jerry was a caring older brother. Growing up on a farm that included dairy cows, milk (before farm pickup) had to be delivered to local creamery. He would take some or all of his younger siblings along. We would always stop at local gas station for treats. He also took me jack rabbit hunting (of course at night) and to play basketball with friends in neighbor's barn. He was a very good older brother.
Posted by CHERYL on November 29, 2021
Posted by Daniel LaBrec on November 28, 2021
I Just Heard About Your Father He Was A Wonderful Man And A Friend To All Prayers To The Family
Posted by Mary Baxter Schiefen on November 28, 2021
We were neighbors to the TerMeer family when my brother, Pat, and I were little. Maybe Jerry has met Pat in Heaven. Sorry for your loss.
Posted by Anita Freeman on November 27, 2021
I have many fond memories of Jerry, our old neighbor. I was sorry to hear about his passing and I hope your memories bring peace and comfort at this sad time.
Posted by Lori Korbe on November 27, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family.
Posted by Carol deboer and family. on November 26, 2021
So sorry for your loss. Hope he is in a peaceful place. Hugs to you and your family. šŸ˜šŸ˜
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