Gerald Elmer Ward
December 9, 1934 – July 26, 2021
Gerald (Jerry) Elmer Ward passed away the evening of July 26th in Nampa, Idaho. Jerry was born to Charles and Goldie (Palmer) Ward December 9th, 1934, in Gifford, Idaho. He was the 7th of 8 children. Raised in Culdesac, Idaho. He also lived in Parma and Garden Valley, Idaho in his younger years.
Jerry married Janet Humpherys June 5th, 1955, in Emmett, Idaho. Together they had five children. Sandra Kay Neff, Pamela Sue Cross, Juliann Cleveland, Brent Lee and Michael Ray Ward.
He is survived by his wife Janet, their daughters, 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Stacy (Shiloh, Brynna and Bowen) Shaun (Tyler) Dustin, Kieli (Jake) Brandon, Tyson (Clayton)
Taylor (Corbin) and Mckynley. Numerous nieces and nephews
Jerry served in the United States Air Force and finished his Air Force career at Hill Air Force Base in Layton, Utah. Jerry returned to Idaho in the 1990’s to help his brothers with their greenhouses and eventually settled in Smiths Ferry, Idaho making Cougar Mountain Lodge his retirement project. He had always hoped to have a business where his family could work together, and they all enjoyed making this a reality. They joined in the adventure and will continue his legacy there. Jerry has always had a love for the outdoors, gardening, hunting, fishing and working hard. He took great pride in working on his many classic cars and sharing those interests with his kids and grandkids. Jerry had a close bond with his siblings and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Jerry will be reunited with his brothers and sisters Jack, Earle, Gary, Marvin, Myrna, Audrey, and Genevieve, his parents Charles and Goldie and his boys Brent and Michael.
A graveside service will be held at a later date in Utah.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bowman Funeral Parlor of Garden City.
Maxine Jeff’s & family saysJuly 31, 2021 at 6:42 am
Dear Janet & family. We send love and good wishes to you all. We know how you feel. Jerry & Bill we’re good friends. We lost our Bill on June 14. Maybe they will meet again.
Mac & Kay McGinley saysJuly 31, 2021 at 2:30 pm
We are saddened to learn of Jerry’s passing and offer our sincere condolences. We lived at Smith’s Ferry from 1999 to 2012. Mac spent many mornings having morning coffee with Jerry and the other residents of Smith’s Ferry at Cougar Mountain Lodge. We lived near Jerry on Packer John Road. Jerry will be missed.
Craig and Debi Cavanaugh saysAugust 3, 2021 at 5:25 am
I am deeply saddened by Jerry’s passing. We became Jerry, Janet and Julie’s part time neighbors about 20 years ago. It wasn’t until about 10yrs ago that I became close friends with Julie and her Dad, Jerry. First thing I did when I got up there was to see how Julie and her dad where doing. I most always brought them watermelons from the valley. Jerry loved them. He told me that there so much better then the ones in Cascade.
Through the years we became close friends and could sit on his porch and talk for hours.. Even tho he was 20yrs older then me we really enjoyed each others company. He had a way of telling stories that kept me entertained for hours.. And when I would tell a story and exaggerate he would say “I don’t think so”. That’s his polite way of telling me I’m full of it. He really enjoyed hunting. I used to take him out in my TERYX (utv). That was very enjoyable for the both of us.
My piece of land won’t ever be the same without the Ward family there. I will be looking forward to being able to reunite our friendship in heaven some day.