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“Mick and I just became aware of Gerald's passing. We both liked Jerry. He was a kind and gentle soul. God rest his soul. ”
1 of 15 | Posted by: Mick & Patsy Grossenburg - Mystic, SD

“My condolences to Minnette, Joyce & to all your family. so sorry to hear or Geralds passing! Remembering all the times spent with your family growing...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Sherri Temple (Peters) - SD

“Sad to hear that Jerry has passed away. He was a good friend to have. He's probably playing a round of golf with mom and dad and having a Schlitz. ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: Randy Godel - Mesa, AZ - Friend

“Sorry to hear of Jerrys passing. I,LL always remember the ruff and tumble basketball games we played in his driveway. We worked together in the...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: George McClain - Kerrville, TX

“Jerry you are sure going to be missed. Always will thank you for being my bodyguard and the visits we had while TC played cards. ”
5 of 15 | Posted by: Marlene Cousins - Winner, SD

“Minnette & Joyce, so sorry about the loss of your brothrt Gerry Bingen ”
6 of 15 | Posted by: Gerry Bingen - colome

“May you rest in peace while soon to be singing and playing your guitar in heaven's choir. You put a smile on our faces at Ft Randall Dam and...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Jackie Maurer Wyant - AZ - friend

“So very sorry to hear of Jerry's death. He was a good friend in high school. A good man like him most certainly is walking with God and his family...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Sheryl Mawhinney-Shanholtz - IL

“I'm sure going to miss Waldorf! Growing up he was always at the Body Shop and would help me with homework! Not long ago I was having trouble with...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Kim Nagel - Friend

“Goodbye Jerry. I always enjoyed seeing you and visiting. You always asked about my parents. ”
10 of 15 | Posted by: Lori Shaffer - Winner, SD

“RIP Jerry, I will miss your smile and all the times you checked up on a couple family members for me. Lots of people will miss you, my friend. Keep...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Cheril Meiners - Winner, SD

“I was sorry to hear of Jerry's passing; he was always so nice to me. Keeping you all in my prayers. ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: Michelle (Kahler) Payne - SD

“Miss all the weekends you spent on the Krizan farm with Monte and myself. Remember Minette and Maggie Ring beating up on me when I was at your place....Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Dwite and Janice Krizan - Britton, SD

“My condolences to the family. I worked with Jerry at Miller Brothers. He was such a kind man. He will be missed.Kim ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Kim Myers - Winner, SD - Friend

“I am so sorry about the loss of Gerald ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: LeRay Smith - Dallas, SD - Family

Gerald (Jerry) Elwin Wolthoff was born September 8, 1945, at Winner, SD. He was the son of George and Myrtle (Horton) Wolthoff.

Jerry grew up in Colome and attended grade school and high school in Colome. He graduated with the class of 1963 and attended college for a short time in Huron, SD. Jerry lived for awhile in California and Illinois. He returned to Winner and worked at Miller Brothers auto dealership for several years and later at Winner Ford as a car salesman and at Whitley's Distributing. Jerry managed the VFW in Winner and also worked at Dick's and the Elk's as a bartender. He worked for the City of Winner and retired from there in 2012. Jerry was a long time member of the Elk's, enjoyed bowling, and was an avid golfer.

Jerry passed away April 7, 2017, at the Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.

He is survived by his sisters, Joyce Weidner of Winner and Minnette (Ernest) Hofeldt of Colome; his nieces Pam Hofeldt-Tanner, Colome, Karen (Mike) Pochop, North Platte, NE, Kathy (Norman) Hotz, Beaver Creek, OH, Sandy Weidner (Randy), Watertown, SD, Deb (Jerry) Seibert, McNabb, IL, and Nancy (Ron) Schaf, Cozad, NE; nephews John (Donna) Hofeldt, Colome, Wayne (Vonnie) Hofeldt, Colome, Roger and Michael Grieser, Cozad, NE; 13 great nieces and nephews, and several cousins.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents George and Myrtle Wolthoff, sisters Georgia Gossard and Valaura Grieser, nephew Merlin Gossard, brothers-in-law Marlin Gossard, Charles Grieser, and Milton Weidner, two brothers and a sister that died as infants, and two nieces.

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Funeral services for Gerald Wolthoff were held Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Winner, SD with Pastor John Britt officiating. A prayer service was held Tuesday evening at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home in Gregory with Pastor Don Windsperger officiating.

Music was provided by Josephine Green, organist, and Geoff Smith, soloist, singing "Amazing Grace, My Chains are Gone." Congregational hymns were "In the Garden" "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and "How Great Thou Art."

Betsy Watzel was in charge of registration.

Flower attendants were Karen Pochop, Pam Tanner, and Debbie Seibert.

Casket Bearers were Wayne Hofeldt, John Hofeldt, Mike Pochop, Roger Nagel, Duane Anderson, and LeRoy Miller.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Dennis Schroeder, Jon Hughes, JD Olsen, John Jones, Everett Anton, Jim Jares, Don Svoboda, and the many friends that Jerry has worked with over the years.

Interment was in the Colome City Cemetery, Colome, SD.