Gerald Spargur

Gerald A. “Jerry” Spargur was born to Mildred and Irvin Spargur Aug. 31, 1937, in Custer S.D. He was one of four sons, including his twin brother Jack.
After graduating from Custer High School in 1955, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1960.  He returned to Custer to work as a logger and equipment operator, and his last position was at Black Thunder Mine in Campbell County, Wyo.
In 1962 Jerry married Nadine Plumb and they had two children. In 2000 he wed Alice Halstead and gained two stepdaughters.  
Throughout his life Jerry enjoyed sports, especially rodeo. An avid hunter and fisherman, he looked forward to hunting season each year and loved deep sea fishing trips in Mexico.  At home, Jerry spent hours on leatherwork that he sold at gun shows he attended with his son. He played a mean hand of cards, took delight in teasing everyone he knew and was quick to pick up the tab or help anyone in need.
Jerry died peacefully at his home in Spearfish, S.D., Nov. 30, 2020. He was 83.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Jim, Jack and Gene.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Alice of Spearfish; daughter, Chari Fuerstenau of Ithaca, N.Y.; son, Todd Spargur of Spearfish; stepdaughters, Tanya Johnson of Pocatello, Idaho, and Tammy Larson of Rapid City, S.D.; eight grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  
A private service will be held at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, S.D.  A celebration of his life will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in Jerry’s memory to the charity of your choice.  He donated to many organizations, especially those that improve the lives of children or veterans.


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