Sternad Aug. 7, 1935 — Sept. 13, 2022

Thursday, September 22, 2022
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Gerald, (Jerry) Sternad peacefully passed away within full view of the Stillwater River and its majestic mountains on his beloved Beehive Ranch Sept. 13, 2022.

His last summer found him busy doing what he loved most, fixing fence, chasing stray cattle on his modern mechanical steed, helping neighbors, and battling nature in the dramatic flood of 2022.

Jerry was a stoic cowboy who spoke little but listened much, especially to family and friends.

He was a shrewd card player and an even shrewder negotiator because he thoroughly enjoyed the game of life. It would be no surprise to learn of Jerry haggling with Saint Peter over a piece of paradise in Heaven or that he was soundly beating Saint Paul in a game of Hand and Foot.

The cowboy’s curmudgeon laughter and practical jokes will be sorely missed by family and friends as he explores his new home on the range.

Jerry was born on Aug. 7, 1935, in Pine Creek, S.D., to Dorothy and Emery Sternad. He has four sisters — Betty Stewart, Bonnie Clark, Beverly Christofferson and Brenda Price (deceased), and brother Tom Sternad. Jerry attended Faith, S.D., high school until he was recruited by Deadwood High to play on their football team as a full back.

He married Joan Dimick in 1955 in Spearfish, South Dakota, but divorced in 1979. They had four children —Janey (spouse Mike Kennedy), Jay (spouse Nicole Sternad), Jeff (spouse Connie Sternad) and Jewel (spouse Jonna Sternad).

Jerry thoroughly enjoyed his eight grandchildren plus four great grandchildren and thought nothing of saddling up a horse to take the kiddos for rides.

Join us at Nye Community Church for a celebration of Jerry’s life on Oct. 29, Saturday at 2 p.m.

A reception at the Sternad ranch at 1457 Stillwater River Road, Nye, Mont., to follow ceremony.

For complete obituary go to Smith Funeral services website at: www.smithfuneralchapels. com.