Jerry was the youngest son born to John & Elizabeth (Schleder) Hecker on October 4, 1934 in Miles City, MT. Jerry grew up on the family farm south of Sumatra, MT.
He married Frances Ellen "Sis" Rittierodt on June 24, 1961. They raised three children and spent many hours teaching his children and others about hard work and the rewards.
Jerry lived in Melstone, MT for a time running Jerry & TerriÂ´s CafeÃ© & Bar with his wife and other family members. Jerry moved to Forsyth, MT and worked for School District #4 for many years. He did custodial work and was a favored bus driver. He will always be remembered as "Jumpsuit Jerry".
Jerry was a member of the Lions and Knights of Columbus in Forsyth. He was a craftsman making many wooden toys and other items that have been enjoyed by many far and wide.
Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Francis and Vincent; nephew Corey Meredith; and great-niece Meredith Burns.
He is survived by his wife, of 50 years, Frances; sons Ron (Brandi) Hecker, Randy (Yvonne) Hecker and daughter Jay Hecker; four grandchildren Nathan, Darren, Elizabeth and Emily Hecker; his sister Alice Love, brother Richard (Diane) Hecker; numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
Memorials can be made to Lions, Knights of Columbus, or charity of choice.
A special thanks to all the staff at Rosebud Health Care Center for their kindness and considerate hearts.
Family will be receiving friends Friday, August 26, 2011 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the chapel of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Forsyth. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Forsyth.
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curtis glasoe says
So sorry to hear of your father passing, with cancer though it is a blessing sometime to be done with that, My mom fought for many years but it finally took her life also. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Carolyn Schenk says
So sorry for the passing of Jerry, he was my kids’s bus driver and he was their favorite . Jerry will be trully missed by all who knew him. Peace and love from God to his family.
Gretchen Berube says
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. My thoughts and prayer are with you, Brandi and the girls.
Deanna Morgan says
I have so many fond childhood memories of Uncle Jerry..dying easter eggs every year, that crazy polka dot shirt he always wore, and when he always called me Missy when I told him a million times that wasn’t my name. He will be missed. Aunt Sis, Ron, Randy, and Jay, I love you all and pray that you find peace. I wish I could be there. Love, Deanna and family
Francis Shields says
Our prayers are with the family. Jerry will be missed. We always enjoyed coming to see him, and Frances, and their family on our trips to the family reunions. Wish we could be there for his funeral. God Bless, The Shields Family
Dianne and Ted Hodges says
Frances and family, our condolences are sent your way. Jerry was a wonderful man. I will always remember visiting you all in Sumatra and Jerrry’s welcoming smile and love. May God be with you during this time of sorrow.
David & Mary Rank says
The family reunions that we attended were a very special time for us. Getting together with relatives from around the country, sharing our lives, laughing, doing activies together in and around Forsyth meant a lot to our family. Jerome would always go out of his way to get us back up to speed during the 3 years inbetween. His happy-go-lucky demeanior, and ability to remember all of us “strangers” made us always feel like we were part of his life and we felt like he was part of us. His heart was as big as Montana.
David & Mary