Jerry Stutzman 64, of Chappell, Nebraska died Tuesday evening of November 18, 2014 at Scottsbluff Regional West Medical Center.
Graveside Services will be held Friday, November 21, 2014 at 2:00 P.M.in Chappell Cemetery with Pastor Daniel Larson officiating of the Zion Lutheran Church
There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
A memorial has been established at the Points West Bank in Chappell, Nebraska in Jerry’s Stutzman name.
Jerry Stutzman was born in Oshkosh, Nebraska on January 25, 1950 to Don and Alene (Schmid) Stutzman. Jerry was raised in Chappell, Nebraska and graduated from Deuel County High School in 1968.
On June 16, 1970 Jerry entered into service with the United States Air Force and was stationed at Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, California as an Air Cargo and Air Freight Specialist until his honorable discharge on July 5, 1972. Following his discharge, Jerry spent some time working in Utah until his return to his home town of Chappell.
Jerry was employed with the State of Nebraska Department of Roads as a mechanic until he could no longer work due to his arthritis.
During his adult life in Chappell Jerry was a member of the Deuel County Fair Board for many years, enjoyed helping out with the 4-H program, assisted Michaels Auction Service with many an auction and looked forward to browsing and buying at many garage sales and auctions and collected quite an array of interesting items over the years. He was an avid bowler on leagues at Starlite Lanes and also enjoyed helping out with the maintenance at the bowling alley. His greatest hobby was collecting a large variety of music which evolved from: reel to reel, records, 8 tracks and cassettes and then on to CD’s. At the time when Jerry left his home and was admitted into a care facility he had collected over 25 thousand recorded items and loved to tell about where and how he had come across them.
After Jerry was no longer able to care for himself and was admitted to a care facility he always enjoyed visits from friends and relatives. His caregivers held a special place in his heart and he spoke fondly of many of his caregivers from: Miller Memorial Care Center in Chappell, Western Nebraska Veterans Home in Scottsbluff and a very special caregiver Nicole.
Jerry is survived by his brother Roger Stutzman, two nephews Jason and Tyler, several nieces, nephews and cousins, a very special Aunt Neva and many others who thought fondly of him. May he now Rest in Peace in God’s hands.