Gerald ‘Jerry’ Bies, our beloved dad, grandpa, uncle, brother-in-law and friend, went to be with our Lord and Savior on the morning of Dec. 20, 2015.
Dad was born on May 2, 1933, in Montrose, SD, to Edward and Mary (Fleming) Bies. He and his older brother Jack grew up in a loving home and had many great memories and stories of growing up “East of the river”.
He joined the Air Force in 1953 and was in the Korean Conflict. He eventually was stationed in Opheim, a small town in northeastern Montana, to work at the Radar Site. There he met the love of his life, Evelyn Squires.
Jerry & Evie were married on Sept 27, 1958, in Glentana, MT. During their 53 years of marriage, they had 4 children, all currently teachers. They were blessed with 9 grandchildren. Dad taught us all to work hard, be kind to others, and to give praise to God, through his quiet, constant examples. Some of the highlights of Dad’s weeks were to cheer on the Shepherd boys’ basketball players and coach (Joe) and to attend mass at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church every Sunday. A visit to Ace Hardware in the Heights was also on his list.
Jerry was preceded in death by his loving wife Evie, his parents, brother, and step- granddaughter Brenna Farley.
He is survived by his children and their families: Rhoda (Pat) Scally, Chance and Micki (Levi) Sorge; Kenny (Christie) Bies, Jerred & Jonah; Joe (Jody) Bies, Jake (Laura), Austin, and Kareasa; and Jessie (John) Farley, Cody Cameron, Sage Pinkerton, Kacey, Tiegan, and Jamisen; several wonderful sister-in-laws and families; numerous nieces, nephews and their families, dear friends Wedge and Roberta Stow, and many other wonderful friends that Dad knew and enjoyed throughout his 82 years.
Heartfelt thanks go to the doctors and nurses at St. Vincent’s Hospital and to the nurses and caregivers at Riverstone Hospice Home on Mission Way. What a blessing you all were!
A celebration of Dad’s life will be held on June 30, 2016.
We love you, Papa, and know that you are in the loving arms of Jesus. Mom is smiling.