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Jerry "Jake" Gerard

Belle Plaine

Jerry "Jake" Gerard, 71, of Belle Plaine, Iowa, passed away on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Hrabak-Neuhaus Funeral Service in Belle Plaine.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Koszta Cemetery, Koszta, Iowa, at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.hrabakfuneralhome.com.
Jake was born on Nov. 30, 1947, in Belle Plaine, to Laurel and Josephine (Bostain) Gerard. Following his schooling, he worked as a laborer. He worked with furniture in Marengo, at Marengo Ready Mix, Frontier Co-Op and Kinze Manufacturing, to name a few.
On June 13, 1989, he married Mary Schwab at their home in Belle Plaine. Jake enjoyed the Buckskinners lifestyle, camping, horses and restoring old cars.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Schwab-Gerard of Belle Plaine; children, Kim (Herb) Alford of Marengo, Jody (Tanya) Gerard of Belle Plaine, Bonnie (Delbert) Meeks of Belle Plaine and Brenda Brown of Belle Plaine; siblings, Judy Everett, Rosie Disterhoft, Vicki Foubert, Robert "Bob" Gerard and Susie Dutton; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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