Gerald Williams

Gerald Lee "Jerry" Williams

April 5th, 1954 - October 6th, 2020
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Gerald "Jerry" Lee Williams, age 66, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at Jenkins Living Center.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 10, 2020 at St. Martin's Lutheran Church in Watertown with Pastor Paul Janke officiating. Carol Janke will be the organist.

Military Honors will be conducted at the church by Vietnam Veterans of America of Northeast SD Chapter 1054, Patriot Guard Riders and United States Navy Funeral Honor Guard.

Honorary Urn Bearers will be Roy, Lon and Jerry Williams, Lyndon Allen, Wacey Ward and Jack Thomas.

Gerald Lee Williams, son of Earl and Joella (Harvey) Williams was born on April 5, 1954 in Pawhuska, OK. He attended school in Mullinville and graduated from Mullinville High School in Mullinville, Kansas in 1972. Jerry enlisted in the United States Navy on October 6, 1972 and was honorably discharged on December 5, 1974.

On November 1, 1980 Jerry married Barbara A. Bauer in Bowdle, SD. Three children, Mandy, Gerald II, and Rebecca were born to this union. The couple lived in Kansas where Jerry sold automobiles and was named Salesman of the Month many times. They moved to Watertown in 1997.

Jerry worked as a custodian at St. Martin's Lutheran Church for 18 years and at First United Methodist Church for 8 years. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America.

Jerry loved spoiling his grandkids and playing guitar.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Barbara; his children, Mandy (Wacey) Ward, Gerald (Jill) Williams, II, and Rebecca Williams of Watertown, SD; his mother, Joella Williams of Akron, CO; his siblings, Roy Dean Williams of Las Vegas, NV, Joella Erlene Friedly of Otis, CO, and Lon Earl Williams of Leavenworth, KS; six grandchildren, Lyndon, Kamdyn, Kaelee, Macey, Isaiah and Jessa; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; his father, Earl; and his sister, Roxanne.
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    Saturday October 10th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday October 10th, 2020 2:00pm
    St. Martin's Lutheran Church
    1200 Second St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    Pastor Paul Janke


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Elnora Castleman

Posted at 08:55am
He was always the sweetest guy, always! However, those dimples could get him out of trouble, regardless. We have lost a loved and loving one. Go rest high upon that mountain, love. Your work here on Earth is done. Love up all those waiting, for me, please. We’ll see you again! PTL! 🙏❤️🙏

Snyder's, Ottenbacher's, Larry, John

Posted at 11:13pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Judy MIller

Posted at 09:36am
To the Family of Jerry, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I always enjoyed the conversations that I had with
him when he was the custodian at the First United Methodist Church. May be comforted as you visit with family &
friends and here their stories as they remember Jerry. RIP Jerry & Judy Miller


Posted at 08:01am
Lon and family,
May your memories be cherished and love remain in your heart.

Tara Green

Posted at 03:38pm
I'm so sorry for your loss... I work at Jenkins... May God carry you through this time...

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