Jerome Aloysius Garman passed away Dec. 18, at the age of 71, at Sanford Health in Bismarck, surrounded by family.
Jerry was born June 17, 1946, in Rugby, N.D., to Marion (Bohl) and Mathias Garman. He was raised and educated in the Balta, Drake and Anamoose area, the youngest of 11. After graduating High School, he entered into the service and served in Vietnam from 1967-1968. He married Carol Schell on April 15, 1968, at Fulda Church near Rugby. Unsure of where to settle down, they took a trip to Watford City to visit Larry and Judy Schell, where he ended up accepting a job in the oil field. A year later, he accepted a job with Texaco where he worked until 1994. From 1998-2011 he worked as a consultant for North Plains Consulting. Jerry was very proud of the work he did and loved the people he met along the way.
Jerry was known as a jokester. He loved a good laugh and had a very witty sense of humor. He was known for his deep intimidating voice, but once you got to know him, it was discovered he was just a big teddy bear. Jerry enjoyed going to the lake with family and friends and watching them enjoy his toys. He loved watching the birds and squirrels outside the house, even making friends with some of them. In his past time he enjoyed woodwork, watching the Vikings, and figuring out his word puzzles in the paper. He was very proud of his kids and grandkids. He especially enjoyed the holidays when all the family would be together. This was a time for deep conversation about life, politics, work, and religion over a drink or two. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends, and everyone who knew him. We love you Dad!
Jerry is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carol; sons, Shawn (Jennie) Garman, and Paul Garman; daughters, Brenda (Jared) Erie, Starla (Ted) Pagano, and Gina (Mike) King; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; six sisters; one brother; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Mathias Garman; three brothers, Daniel, Andrew and Victor; and his beloved grandson Tanner Garman.
A prayer service was held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017 at the Epiphany Catholic Church in Watford City.
His Funeral Mass was held at 9:30 a.m., on Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, at the Epiphany Catholic Church in Watford City. Father Brian Gross celebrated the Mass. Burial was at Schafer Cemetery, Watford City.