Gerald “Jerry” Huntley

Gerald “Jerry” Huntley, age 83, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Monday, March 23, 2020, on hospice care at his home in Yankton.

A memorial service will be 2:00 PM on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton.  Due to the current health crisis masks will be required to attend the memorial service.  Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service at the funeral home.

Gerald “Jerry” Huntley was born October 8, 1936, in Yankton, South Dakota, to Dorothy M. Sherman and Harvey Huntley. He grew up in Yankton and graduated from Yankton High School in 1955. He served his country in the United States Air Force for four years. One of his first jobs was working for Bill Schaefer, Sr. at Couch Motor Company. He also worked for Bob Sherman, his stepdad, at Bob’s Service Station. Other jobs included Krovoza Plumbing, Yankton Beverage Distributing, Boomer’s Bar and most recently in maintenance at the Human Services Center.

Jerry married Grace Gunderson on November 28, 1959, in Luverne, Minnesota. Jerry’s stepdad, Bob Sherman, taught Jerry and his brother, Gary Boom, to hunt and fish which they both loved to do. Jerry and Gary were very close to their mother, Dorothy Sherman, who worked very hard to provide them and their sisters a home and food on the table.

Since retiring, Jerry and his best friend, Bill Schaefer, spent many hours and days attending auction sales. They loved their time at these sales and developed many friendships at the sales. Jerry always had a story to tell after attending one. He loved Yankton history and was always looking for a collectible to purchase that would tell the story of Yankton. He sold many items he collected, but he also gave many away to friends who had a connection to the piece he had purchased. Jerry was a batboy for the Yankton Terry’s and a good left handed pitcher for the Legion Baseball Team. He loved having coffee with his buddies at Gramp’s, solving world problems and hearing the daily gossip.

Survivors include his brother, Gary Boom of Yankton, South Dakota; two sisters, Sharon Smith and Carol Boom both of Yankton; three grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Grace on May 16, 2019; son, Kelly Huntley; mother, Dorothy Sherman and stepfather, Bob Sherman.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Tyler Hanson and all the nurses and staff at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and the Avera Hospice staff. Also, a special thank you to Bill Schaefer and Brenda Haberman for their caring help they gave Jerry.

Memorial may be directed to Avera@Home Hospice Program.

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8 response to "Gerald “Jerry” Huntley"

  1. By: KATIE BOOM Posted: March 23, 2020

    Gary, Carol, Sharon
    Deepest condolences in the loss of your Dear brother Jerry. He was such a wonderful guy. Proud to say he was my brother-in-law & a great one!
    I have so many wonderful memories & some special pictures….he was always smiling…a happy man.
    I will treasure our last visit in front of the Yankton Court House in May 2019. A good long visit & had at least three hugs goodbye but kept talking.
    He was a gentle soul, funny & always had me laughing.
    He loved you along with his Dear Grace & Kellly & Mom, Dorothy.
    Rest in Peace Dear Jerry!
    Love & prayers,
    Katie & Mike

  2. By: Kat and L.T. Posted: March 24, 2020

    What a perfect picture of Jerry! It says so much. Will always remember him for his infectious laugh and his stories. He will be missed by many! Sending love and prayers! Kathy and Larry

  3. By: Bernie Hunhoff Posted: March 25, 2020

    To all Jerry’s many friends and family … Yankton really lost one of our finest and friendliest fellows. Did you ever see Jerry without a smile and a kind greeting. And the cool thing is that it was never fake … he was sincerely an ambassador for goodwill. And he always wanted to extend happiness. Not long ago I told him my daughter-in-law was a part of the Keating family that had a dairy here in town and that she was proud of the family heritage. Days letter, Jerry showed up at our magazine office with of course that big friendly smile and, in his hands, a fine glass Keating Milk bottle. I gave it to her and it meant a lot to her. It will always mean a lot to me every time I see it in her living room and think of Jerry. We were blessed to have him all these years..

  4. By: John P. Blackburn Posted: March 26, 2020

    My best to you, Jerry’s family! He was a fine fellow! i read the comments above — so true, all of them. Jerry did have an infectious smile and demeanor. His obit brought back memories of when I first started practicing. I worked for and with Dorothy and Art Giggee on Bob Sherman’s estate. That work and association brought lasting friendships = wonderful folks. Best to you, Jerry’s people! John Blackburn

  5. By: Jean Novotny Posted: March 26, 2020

    Dear Gary and all the family,
    I was saddened to learn of Jerry’s death. I wish you well in your time of sorrow and hope you can find peace.. God bless you.
    Jeanie Novotny

  6. By: Dick and Joyce Lane Posted: March 27, 2020

    Our deepest sympathy to Jerry’s family,
    Always enjoyed visiting with Jerry either at Gramps over a cup of coffee or at any auction or yard sale where he was searching for those antiques or “hard to find” items ! He will will be missed by so many.
    “Just at the moment that someone at his side said, “he is gone”, Grace and Kelly were watching him coming, taking up the glad shout “Here he comes!” Rest in peace Jerry.

  7. By: Kari and Eric Anderson Posted: April 5, 2020

    Sending our condolences to you all! If this picture doesn’t say it all! He had the BEST SMILE and laugh I can hear it now! He always lit up the place when he walked in and made everyone smile! I hope he and Gracie are up there partying it up with Kelly! Boom, Carol and Sharon my heart is with you All! Love Kari and Eric Anderson

  8. By: Chad A. Remington Posted: April 8, 2020

    Jerry was a neighbor my entire life on Burleigh… so I got the pleasure of Jerry and his great personality often (esp when my folks had a rummage). My dad loved going to auctions & going fishing with Jerry. Their weekly trip to Lennox was a highlight of my dad’s week. The stories he’d tell. Their fishing “group” was solid too… it’s funny how the fish were never biting where they were fishing, but they always came home with enough for dinner?!? True fishermen to the core. They sure were characters. I remember Jerry coming down after my dad Rem passed away. He apologized for not coming sooner, but he said he was too broken up to come over and talk about it… that was Jerry; a heart of GOLD. We miss you guys so much… Until we meet again, keep the sales in heaven going.

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