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June 26, 2014 7:34 am

Gerald ‘Jerry’ H. Holm

(Dec. 14, 1928 - June 19, 2014)

Gerald H. Holm, known to most as Jerry, died at Spirit Mountain Hospice on June 19, 2014, at the age of 85.

Jerry was born Dec. 14, 1928, in Powell to Clifford and Irene (Henderson) Holm. He attended schools in Greybull and Cody.

After graduating high school, Jerry served in the U.S. Army stationed in South Korea from 1946 to 1948. In 1948 he attended the University of Wyoming and graduated in 1952 with a B.S. degree in journalism. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and other various college scholastic organizations.

Jerry worked as publications manager and in advertising sales for several Wyoming and California newspapers. Later Jerry worked for Consolidated Freightways which took him to Montana, Washington, Oregon, California and Idaho. His later years found him in banking, where he served as loan officer or marketing manager at various banks in Wyoming and Montana.

In 1972 while living in Greybull and working at the local bank, Jerry met and married the love of his life, Norma Lou Dow from Basin. He immediately stepped in and helped raise her three children, Claudia (Tim) Wade, Patra (Rick) Lindenthal and Dan (Tammy) Dow. After Claudia graduated in 1974, the couple moved with Patra and Dan to Miles City, Mont. In 1977 Jerry, Norma and Dan moved to Gillette, where Jerry worked in banking.

Jerry and Norma moved to Rio Rancho, N.M., in 1989 where he worked for Woodworkers Supply until his retirement in 1992. They had 25 wonderful years together before Norma died of pancreatic cancer in 1997. After Norma’s death, Jerry moved back to the Big Horn Basin and lived in Powell and then Cody. The last eight months of his life were spent at Emeritus at Absaroka Assisted Living. Over the years his three step-children loved and cared for him and he enjoyed sharing their lives.

Jerry loved golfing with friends and listening to and singing barbershop quartet music. He spent many hours painting with watercolors and was a member of the Cody Country Art League. He also enjoyed working with wood and it was not unusual for friends and family to receive “Jerry-made” wooden gifts. Throughout the years Jerry continued to write and had several articles published.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Clifford and Irene, his sister Joyce Chamberlain, brother-in-law Dale Chamberlain and his beloved wife Norma.

Jerry is survived by his children Claudia, Patra and Dan, five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, nephew Brad Chamberlain, niece Tracie Chamberlain Wempen and cousins in Powell and Cody.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held in August with family and friends.

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