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Funeral services will take place on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 10:30 AM (Mountain).

St. William Catholic Church
Midland, South Dakota

Midland Cemetery
Midland, South Dakota
A visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

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In memory of

Jerry Nemec

of Midland, South Dakota, died on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at the Edgewood Assisted Living Facility in Spearfish at the age of 78

Jerry James Nemec was born August 21, 1941 in Pierre, SD to Jerome and Rena (DeYoung) Nemec. He was the oldest of five siblings. He grew up on the family farm north of Midland and attended Pheba country school until transferring to Midland where he completed his four years of high school.

It was while attending high school that he met Sonia Rose Meyers. They were united in marriage on July 3rd, 1960. He and Sonia went on to have five children: James (Jim) Lee, Lester Jacob, Charlene Kay, April Marie, and Christopher John.

Jerry initially worked on the family farm until purchasing a Texaco bulk dealership in 1965, which became known as Nemec Oil. Jerry was enjoying his new lifestyle, but missed farming, so in 1966 he purchased farmland north of Midland and began splitting his time between running the oil business and farming. Jerry’s love for the farm finally outweighed his joy of the oil business and in 1982 he sold Nemec Oil and purchased additional land north of Midland.

Jerry was actively involved in his local community where he served on the Town Board for 30 years and as Mayor for 25. He looked at volunteering as a privilege and was a longtime member of the Volunteer Fire Department. Jerry realized early on that an important part of a town was having a reliable water source. He was heavily involved in the geothermal well system and represented Midland at a Geothermal Convention in San Diego in 1998. He knew geothermal would be hard to sustain overtime and was an advocate for bringing in the rural water system.

Survivors include his wife Sonia, of nearly 60 years; three siblings Larry (Mary) Nemec of Pierre, Dick Nemec, and Marjorie Nemec both of Midland; brother-in-law Jerry Henderson of Valentine, Nebraska; along with his five children Jim (Carmen) of Belle Fourche SD, Lester (Jolene) of Flowood MS, Charlene of Bismark ND, April (Steve) Meeker of Spearfish SD, Christopher (Stephanie) of Mitchell SD; fourteen grandchildren: Jalene (Mark) Davis of TN, Chase (Jessica) Abrahamson of TN, Crystal (Justin) Roby of OK, Shaun Hilmes of OK, Jamie Meeker of NE, Miranda (Jonny) Higham of FL, Beth (Joey) Gori of TX, Jacob (Jacque) Nemec of VA, Joanna Nemec of AL, Kayla (Adam) Chally of OK, Dale Nemec of SD, along with Laura, Grant, and Clay Nemec all of SD.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Jerome and Rena Nemec, along with one sister Patty Henderson.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the Black Hills State University Foundation—
Attention: Nemec Scholarship Fund
1200 University, Unit 9506
Spearfish, SD 57799-9506.

Cards can be sent to—
Sonia Nemec
540 Falcon Crest Dr.
Apt. 123, Spearfish SD 57783.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, at St. William Catholic Church in Midland with Father Gary Oreshoski officiating. Due to church guidelines the mass is limited to family only, but you are welcome to watch the live streaming of the service from this webpage when the service begins.

Interment will be held immediately following the funeral service at the Midland Cemetery. All are welcome to join the family for the graveside service. The graveside service will also be live streamed and can be viewed from this webpage.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.
St. William Catholic Church
Midland, South Dakota

Father Gary Oreshoski

“Angels Among Us” - Alabama
“When I Get Where I’m Going” - Brad Paisley
“Amazing Grace”

Jim Nemec - Charlene Nemec

April Meeker - Christopher Nemec
Joanna Nemec - Laura Nemec

Jamie Meeker - Dale Nemec - Jim Nemec
Les Nemec - Christopher Nemec - Phil Meyers

All of Jerry’s Family and Friends

Midland Cemetery
Midland, South Dakota

Black Hills State University Foundation
attention: Nemec Scholarship Fund
1200 University, Unit 9506
Spearfish, SD 57799-9506

  • Sincerest sympathy and prayers. ~ Stacey & Wayne Nelson Caputa,SD (6/25/2020)
  • I served with Jerry on many municipal committees and water boards. He was a relentless advocate for his community. I am so sorry for your loss. ~ Nancy Philip (6/24/2020)
  • Our deepest sympathay to the Nemec-Family. Jerry will be in our prayers for ever.
    Let him rest in peace
    ~ Josef &Barbara van Oorschot Germany (6/24/2020)
  • Les Nemec and family,
    We are truly sorry for the loss of your father. We are praying for strength and a peace of mind as you all go through this transition. Our sympathy with you all.
    ~ Regina Wright Kosciusko, MS (6/24/2020)
  • Our sympathy to the family. Sonia it was so much fun to fly Jerry for his birthday. You have been blessed and may your memories make the sorrow less and bring happy thoughts. ~ Bill and Marsha Sumpter Kadoka (6/24/2020)
  • Dear Sonia and family, so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. I know he will be missed by all of his family. He was so proud of all of them. I will not forget the many times we worked together on the Town Board and his commitment to his community and education. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Marcia Jackson Spearfish, SD (6/23/2020)
  • Dear Sonia, Jim, Les, Charlene, April and Christopher,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Jerry did many good things in Midland. May he be remembered for them. Hugs to all of you during this sad time. Prayers for Jerry and for all of you. All of your family is very special to me and I value your friendship. Love Barb
    ~ Barbara and Morris Jones Midland. SD (6/23/2020)
  • Sorry for your loss, you are in my prayers ~ Yolanda Levy (6/23/2020)
  • You are in our prayers. ~ Murphy & Pat Wilder Carthage. Mississippi (6/23/2020)
  • Sorry to hear about Jerry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. ~ Tom and Theresa Nemec Cannon Falls, MN (6/23/2020)
  • Our prayers and sympathy in the passing of your loved one. Jerry was a good friend and will be missed by many. ~ Rex and Linda Woitte Rapid City, SD (6/23/2020)
  • Sonia and family -We were so very sorry to hear about Jerry. We will be keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. May God hold you close during this difficult time. ~ Larry and Julie McLaughlin Midland, SD (6/23/2020)
  • You and your family are in my prayers take care. ~ Kathy Tolton Midland, SD (6/23/2020)
  • So sorry for your loss Les, Jolene and family. Our deepest sympathy! ~ Arnie and Rita Huether Alamo TX (6/23/2020)
  • I am so very sorry for you loss. I have so many memories of Jerry. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God's Blessings to you all. ~ Kathy Larson LaDue Anamosa, IA (6/22/2020)
  • Our sincere sympathy are with you, Sonia, & family ~ Evie Abrahamson Philip, SD (6/22/2020)
  • Sincere sympathy to you Sonia and your family. You have always done your best for Midland. We appreciate our family and business relationship with you. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. ~ Ernie & Laurel Nemec Midland, SD (6/22/2020)