Jerry Schell, age 80, of Wasta, South Dakota, died on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Center in New Underwood.
Jerry was born on October 5, 1939 in Elm Springs, South Dakota to Blanche Felton Schell and William Schell. Jerry was the eighth child in a family of twelve children.
Jerry enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding, roping, playing cards, farming and raising cattle and other animals his whole life. He was always bringing home various animals including a badger, two bobcats, snapping turtles, greyhound dogs, old race horses, a Watusi bull and many more. He was very good at killing rattle snakes and loved to skin them and save the skins. In his retirement he enjoyed watching the squirrels, birds and deer that came into the yard to feed.
Jerry attended high school in Wasta, Lead and New Underwood and after worked as a farm/ranch hand until he had one of his own. Jerry married Diane Bryan in 1965 and they had a daughter, Jodi and then a son, Cody. The couple divorced in 1985. Jerry enjoyed teaching his kids to ride and farm the land and was always up to showing the “city” cousins who would visit how to ride Dolly and Hutch and entertain them with tales of jackalope and snipe hunting.
Jerry married Barbara Crawford in 2006 after many years together. They ran the Wasta Bar until they sold it. They enjoyed spending time with family and entertaining the grand and great grandkids. Jerry recently commented on the hospital food by saying “I have the best cook in the world, why would I want to eat this!”
Survivors include his wife Barb of Wasta; one son Cody Schell of Des Moines, Iowa; one daughter Jodi (Terry) Paverud of Rapid City; two grandchildren Alex Barnes and Trey Sellers both of Rapid City; six step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren April and Renae Barnes; two step-great-grandchildren; three sisters Norma Pelligren of New Underwood, Linda (Bill) Foss of Buffalo, Minnesota, and Katherine Carneal of Casper, Wyoming; nephew Steve; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters Wilma Moore, Shirley Webb, and Carol Cummins; and five brothers Bob Schell, Dean Schell, Bill Schell, Jay Schell, and Donnie Schell.
Memorials may be directed to the Wasta or Elm Springs Fire Department, whichever the donor chooses.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, at the Community Hall in Elm Springs with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating.
Interment will follow at the Elm Springs Cemetery.
Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Wall.