Obituaries: Jerry Lee Millard

OTTUMWA-Jerry Lee Millard, 78, of Ottumwa, died at 7:15 a.m. July 9, 2019 at Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa.

He was born January 22, 1941 in Ottumwa to Vernon and Mary Burton Millard.  Jerry married Connie Lou Bradley on July 15, 1961.

A 1960 graduate of Walsh High School, Jerry served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1963. He was trained in the Nike-Hercules Missile Warfare Program and was one of the Ottumwa Missileer Squad serving in Thule Greenland during the Cold War.

Jerry had been a manager at Tractor Supply.  He worked 25 years at UPS, starting as a porter washer, then a driver, retiring as manager in 1990.  He continued to farm and raise cattle well into retirement.

Jerry was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.  He enjoyed racing cars, fishing, hunting, cutting wood and loved spending time with family especially at their lake home.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Connie; his children, Bill (Katie) Millard of Iowa City, Bob (Ginger) Millard of Lampe, MO, John (Julia) Millard of Ottumwa and Debbie (Bob) Badgley of Avon, IN; 8 grandchildren, Ben Millard, Bailey (Travis) Hiteshew, Greg (Destiny) Deal, Sean (Mandi) Deal, Johnny Millard, Bobby Millard, Allison (Derek) Heeger, Megan Badgley; 2 step-grandchildren, Laci Buckingham and Brandi Buckingham; 7 great-grandchildren; a brother, Bill Millard of Newton, 3 sisters,  Pam (Wayne) Henderson of Broomfield, CO, Jane Larson of Des Moines and Julie (Peter) Curtis of Ottumwa; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece, Erica Larson.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m.  Saturday at St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father Patrick Hilgendorf presiding.  Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery with military services conducted by Walter B. Schafer Post #775 Veterans of Foreign Wars and O.B. Nelson Post #3 American Legion.

Visitation begins at 11 a.m. Friday at Reece Funeral Home.  A Christian Wake service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday followed by family visitation until 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church or Alzheimer’s Association Greater Iowa Chapter.