Jerome “Jerry” Perry Evans passed away on April 11, 2013, at Billings Clinic.
He was born on Nov. 21, 1927, in Lincoln, Neb. He had a large dose of “Big Red” blood in his veins. His parents were Dr. Perry Leonard Evans and Frances Ferrell Seibert Evans. They resided in Havelock, a suburb of Lincoln, where his father had his dental practice.
Jerry attended grade school and junior high in Havelock, then went on to Northeast High School, where he participated in football and track, and occasionally cracked a book. Two summers were spent working in Grand Lake, Colo., and another two summers working on a ranch out of Parkman, Wyo. Upon graduation from high school, Jerry enlisted in the army, taking basic training at Aberdeen, Md., before being sent to Japan to serve a year (1947) with the Army of Occupation. After joining the 11th Airborne, he attended jump school at Sendai Honshu, Japan.
When he was discharged in June of 1948, he went right back to Lincoln to enroll at the University of Nebraska, where his first lesson was that it was necessary to “crack a book” full time. He set his focus on becoming a dentist and it never wavered, graduating from the U of N School of Dentistry in 1955. While in college, he became a member of SAE Fraternity and Psi Phi Pi Dental Fraternity.
In 1953, he met Joan Helene Carlson at a dental school dance and fell madly in love. They were married on April 10, 1954, in the Chapel of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. They were blessed with three children: Jill, Julie and Jay.
Upon his graduation in ’55, they moved to Billings to set up his dental practice, where he practiced for 37 years. After retirement in 1992, Jerry pursued his lifetime hobby of “making sawdust” full time. He enjoyed and received great satisfaction by doing anything he could do with his own two hands. That’s why he enjoyed dentistry so much. He built the family cabin on the Stillwater River (twice), mostly by himself, but with a lot of good help from family and friends.
He was a charter member of the “North Dakota National Guard,” which was the name given to his gang of hunting and fishing buddies. When hunting season approached, he’d head to the kitchen to bake cookies for the crew.
Jerry was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Billings, the Pioneer Kiwanis Club, the Village Golden K Kiwanis Club, the 9th District Dental Society, the American Dental Association and the Pankey Study Club.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Perry and Frances Evans; his loving wife, Joan; his sister, Jean Tracy; and his brother-in-love, Bill Cave.
He is survived by his daughters, Julie (Steve) and Jill; his son, Jay; his grandchildren, Carson (Chelsey), Tala and Keeler; and his great-grandson, Jaydin. Also by his brother, Bruce (Donna Jean); his sister, Donna Mae Cave of Lincoln, Neb.; and many special nieces and nephews; a very special person, Ruth Dreggors; and his faithful dog, Uno.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial Services will be held at 9:30 a.m., Monday, April 15, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church (corner of Poly Dr. and 13th St. W, Billings)
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Golden K Kiwanis Trust Fund or Habitat for Humanity.