Jerry Alberts was born July 4, 1942 at Ainsworth, Nebraska to Kenneth and Vivian (Rauscher) Alberts. He departed this life December 23, 2012 at St. Paul, Nebraska, at the age of 70 years, 5 months and 19 days. Jerry attended Ainsworth High School and Curtis School of Agriculture. He was united in marriage to Sharon Griffith in June 1963 at Kimball, Nebraska. To this union was born a daughter, Michele.
Upon moving back to Ainsworth, Jerry worked for his cousin, Bud Alberts, building houses in the area. He also worked at Ranch Land Western Store before beginning his career with Nebraska Public Power District in December 1968.
On August 27, 1976, Jerry married Geraldine Ruther in Springview, Nebraska. The following year he adopted Geraldine's son, Wade. Born to this union was Kara in 1978. Jerry and Geraldine lived and worked in Ainsworth until 1989 when he accepted a managerial position in Scotia. In 2000, Jerry and family relocated to Loup City until his retirement from NPPD in 2007. Jerry and Geraldine moved back to Scotia in 2008. Jerry soon tired of retired life and bought a semi-tractor and trailer and hit the open road, hauling for Nebraska Salt & Grain throughout Nebraska and adjoining states until he was forced back into retirement due to his health.
Jerry was an active member of the Ainsworth Elks Lodge 1790, and worked his way through the chairs to become Exalted Ruler. While a member of the Ord Elks Lodge he accepted the position of Americanism Committee Chairman for the State of Nebraska, which garnered national honors for its Americanism Chronicles.
Jerry proudly served as a Volunteer Fireman in Ainsworth for 25 plus years. While residing in Loup City, Jerry became active in the Mason and Shrine organization, enjoying taking part in community parades to promote awareness of the Shrine's work with crippled and burned children.
Jerry dedicated his life to hard work in all his endeavors and taught his children and grandchildren the importance of hard work and taking responsibilities seriously.
Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth. Jerry is survived by his wife Geraldine; daughter Michele Just and husband Ken; son Wade and wife Traci; daughter Kara Coufal and husband Lynn; along with 11 grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Funeral services were held on Friday, December 28, 2012 at Hoch Funeral Home in Ainsworth, Donnie Painter officiating.
Taken from the January 9, 2013 edition of the Springview Herald
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