Gerald "Jerry" Oliver Feickert
- October 30, 1938 - September 13, 2013
- Aberdeen, South Dakota
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“Our deepest sympathy in the passing of Jerry. I was so surprised to hear of his passing away, one of the classmate's (Karen Weiszhaar send me a e...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Ronita (Stern) Rieger) - Brush, CO
“Phyllis and family,
Jerry was one of my first clients in the business and remained so for many many years. I always enjoyed working with him as his...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Brenda - Aberdeen, SD
“Dear Phyllis and family,
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I have many good memories from Junior Snow Queen of Jerry and the Snow Guards. I'll...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: LaVon Hettich - DeForest, WI
“Jerry grew up in a house next door to my Grandma Lickfelt in Bowdle. That was how I first met him. We used to "play" when we visited my grandma and...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Larry Lickfelt - Yuma, AZ
“Phyllis & Family,
It's been many years since last we spoke or saw one another. I check in almost everyday to the obituary column being I live so...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Carolyn Seitsinger (Lammle) - WA
“I met Jerry on a trip from Oregon to Bowdle to visit family back in 1956. I was there for a month and developed a big crush on Jerry, which wasn't...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: karen turman - ingram, TX
“So sad to see in the paper today that Jerry passed away. Our deepest sympathy to you Phyllis and Gwyn and the rest of the family. He will be...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Judy & Collin McLeod - Alexandria, MN
Funeral service for Gerald "Jerry" Oliver Feickert, 74, Aberdeen will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Aberdeen. Pastor D. Thomas Rawerts will officiate. Burial with military honors by Sidney L. Smith American Legion Post #24 will be in Riverside Memorial Cemetery. Jerry went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 13, 2013 at Avera St. Luke's Hospital, surrounded by his family who loved him very much. Jerry had been afflicted with Parkinson's Disease for over 7 years.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 1:00-7:00 pm, with family present from 5:00-7:00 pm, at Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, 1111 S. Main Street, Aberdeen.
Gerald Oliver Feickert, son of Emanuel and Clara (Huber) Feickert, was born on October 30, 1938 in Mobridge, SD. He grew up in Bowdle, SD and graduated from Bowdle High School. Following high school, Jerry helped his father operate the family custom harvesting business and Feickert & Sons Trucking Co.
In 1958, Jerry enlisted in the United States Navy. He served his country as an Electrician's Mate - 2nd Class (E-5) on the U.S.S. Little Rock, touring the Mediterranean area. During this time, Jerry trained as an electrician and received his honorable discharge along with a Good Conduct Medal in 1962. He returned home, again helping with the family harvesting business and later began doing electrical work.
Jerry was united in marriage to Phyllis Hieb on April 14, 1963 in Aberdeen, where they made their home and raised their family. In 1968, Jerry went to work at Presentation Heights as the Director of Buildings and Grounds.
In the late 1970's, Jerry started Feickert Electric. He continued operating the business until November of 2012 when he sold the business and retired; he was proud that the name Feickert Electric still continues today. From 1997 through 2004, Jerry also worked part-time at Avera St. Luke's Hospital in the Plant Operations Department.
Jerry was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church. Over the years, he held several positions including Church Council President, Sunday school teacher and Superintendent. He was also a member of the Jaycee's, holding several offices including president; he was active in the local Snow Queen Festival, very much enjoying his time with the Snow Guards, especially as Captain of the Guards. Jerry held the highest honor of Jaycees, receiving the International Senatorship Award, a distinguished honor.
Jerry was a proud supporter of all Northern State University and Aberdeen Central Athletics. Jerry served on the boards for the Aberdeen Housing Authority, local United Way Chapter, and Brown County Fair.
Jerry always cherished the time he was able to spend with his family at their cabin on Mina Lake. He will be remembered by many for the love he had for his family, especially enjoying the time he spent with his grandchildren. Jerry also enjoyed traveling, particularly cruises.
Grateful for having shared Jerry's life are his wife Phyllis of Aberdeen, three children, Dawn (David) Lenz, Rochester, MN; Troy Feickert, Ft. Worth, TX, and Gwyn (Owen) Fischbach, Warner, SD; four grandchildren, Madison and Sydney Lenz, and Clara and Ellis Fischbach; mother-in-law, Irene Schnaible, two brothers, Ronald (Janice) and Larry (SharRay) Feickert, and two sisters, Marcie Mayer and Bonnie (John) Walker.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, one infant brother and three infant sisters, fathers-in-law Herbert Hieb and Warren Schnaible, brother-in-law Roger Mayer, sister-in-law Linda Feickert.