Jérôme L. “Jerry” Halladay
August 7, 1946 – September 30, 2021
Jerome L. “Jerry” Halladay, 75, died Thursday, September 30, 2021 at Methodist Fremont Health after battling complications from colon cancer.
Jerome was born to Richard and Ruth (Seyersdahl) Halladay on August 7, 1946 in Norfolk, Nebraska. He grew up and lived most of his life in the North Bend and Fremont areas. He graduated in 1965 from Fremont High School. He then enlisted in the United States Navy during the Vietnam era, serving from 1965 to 1969. He was stationed for a time in Iceland and survived a large fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal.
Upon leaving the Navy, he returned to Nebraska to work with his father at his gas station in North Bend. He attended the University of Nebraska School of Agriculture in Curtis, Nebraska, where he obtained a degree in horticulture.
He married Carol Harter in 1973. Three sons were born from this union. The couple then divorced. He married Ellen Ann (Proctor) Phelps on February 9, 1991 and the couple raised their children together. In addition, they have become natural helpers for people with intellectual disabilities. Three of these people lived with the Halladays for 20 years or more and were considered part of the family.
Jerry was the owner / operator of Halladay Greenhouses in Fairbury, Nebraska, and Country Greenhouses in North Bend. He also worked for a time as a gardener at the University of Midland. He was a beloved bus driver for North Bend Central Public Schools for many years. He has volunteered for many community organizations in and around North Bend. He was the VFW Commander of North Bend for a number of years and also served as District 7 State Commander, winning numerous awards at the state and national levels.
He was a dedicated leader for the Boy Scout program, occupying many leadership roles in the local troop and in the region. He served for five years as the National Director of the Cub Day Camp. He was proud of the many young men he helped and inspired to reach the highest rank in Scouting, Eagle Scout. Three of his own sons obtained the rank of Eagle.
He is survived by his wife, Ann; his sons, Jamie (Andrea) Halladay, Kelly (Michelle) Halladay, Jesse (Jamie) Halladay and Jeffrey (Maggie) Phelps; daughters, Angela (Todd) Martin and Renae Kirschenmann. Also left are the “foster” sons, Joshua McIntosh and William Donte Hairston; brother, Johnny Halladay; and sisters, Elsie (Russell) Hank and Mary Sue (Ron) Cummings; 16 grandchildren, Adrianna, Alaina and Ava Halladay, Dominic Martin, Mason and Kinsey Halladay, Sidney, James, Maya and Zoe Kirschenmann, Grace, LeRoy and Mary Halladay, Abraham, Marlon and Frances Phelps; and many nieces and nephews.
His parents died before him; a little sister, Louise; sister-in-law, Carol Halladay; granddaughter, Alison Martin; and her “adopted” son, Chad Gundersen.
A Celebration of Life will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 7 at the United Presbyterian Church in North Bend. Reverend Scott Jensen will officiate. Visitations will be Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7 p.m., also at North Bend United Presbyterian Church. Visits will continue 1 hour before the Thursday church service. Interment with military honors will be held at Woodland Cemetery in North Bend.
Memorials are designated towards Boy Scout Troop 110 at North Bend and North Bend VFW Post # 8223.
Online condolences can be made to www.mosermemorialchapels.com.
Moser Memorial Chapel, 1040 N. Main St., North Bend, NE 68649, 402-652-8159.
Posted by Fremont Tribune on October 2, 2021.