Jerry West Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Charles Catholic Cemetery, Bowman, ND. Deacon Ken Schmidt will officiate.
Jerry grew up in Bowman, with his parents, Ted and Mary West, and eight siblings. In 1955, he joined the U.S. Army and served in Germany until 1957. Following his Army service, he earned a bachelor’s degree in social science education from Dickinson State College. While at Dickinson State, he met and married Anne Koch Dvarishkis.
Following college, Jerry taught high school social studies and coached basketball in Glen Ullin, North Dakota. During his years teaching, Jerry and Anne, and their four children Don, Maurya, Wade and Allison – enjoyed the summer months in Cooke City, Mont., near Yellowstone Park, where he and Anne owned and operated the Ma Perkins Cafe.
After his years as a teacher, Jerry and his family moved to Bowman, where Jerry worked in sales for the Nordberg Chevrolet car dealership. During this time he and Anne also owned and operated the Gateway Restaurant.
Upon retirement, Jerry and Anne moved to Green Valley, Ariz., where he continued to enjoy a lifelong passion of playing golf with his buddies and brothers. One of his favorite experiences in life was playing the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia with his brother, Ken West. In addition to his fondness for golf, Jerry was an avid reader of history, a lover of travel, and an enthusiastic fan of Ernest Tubb music.
Throughout his life, Jerry was known as a great conversationalist with a winning sense of humor, a welcoming and generous person, an affectionate family man, and a caring friend.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Anne; his children Don (Tien), Maurya (Don), Wade, and Allison; his grandchildren Peter, Anna and Emma, and a close niece Jennifer, who spent summers with the family.
He is mourned by his brothers Tyrone (Linda), Ken, Ron (Theresa), Clifford (Glenna), sister Cindy and numerous nieces and nephews, along with members of the Koch family. Jerry was predeceased by his parents, to whom he was a devoted son, and his brother, Russell, and sisters Mary LaVonne and Janice.