Gerald Breyer Obituary, Gerald Breyer 84, Of Grand Forks, ND, Death Notice
- john Gibson
Gerald Breyer Obituary, Death – Died April 25, 2023 in his home in Grand Forks, North Dakota, at the age of 84. Edward John Breyer and Mary Ann (Fetch) Breyer welcomed their first child on October 12, 1938, in Wales, North Dakota. He was Edward and Mary Ann’s eleventh child.
He was raised by his two sisters, Mary Lou Martin and Margaret Olson, after the tragic loss of both parents while he was young. He attended St. Mary’s Academy in Devils Lake, North Dakota, for high school. Jerry “The Foot” Breyer was a Phi Delta Theta at the University of North Dakota, where he earned his moniker.
In 1960, he earned a BSBA in Marketing from the University of North Dakota. He joined the Army in 1960 as a second lieutenant and left in 1972 as a captain. He then found employment at Phillips Petroleum in Minneapolis.
He eventually settled down with a woman named Judith Jane Sievers, originally from Spirit Lake, Iowa. Their first child was born when they were residing in Minneapolis. They uprooted to Minnesota’s Fergus Falls, where they welcomed twins.
They established Breyer Oil Company in 1969 after relocating to Grand Forks, North Dakota. Two more babies brought their family total to four. Jerry’s fireworks career began in the ’70s. As a result of his success, Jerry expanded his business and earned the nickname “Generous Jerry” in the Midwest.
Jerry acknowledged Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior in the spring of 1978. This was the pinnacle of his success, he said. Sharing the good news of Jesus and seeing that everyone was rescued was his life’s work. Jerry established the Gold Silver Exchange in 1982.
Jerry was a dog lover first and foremost, but he had a soft spot for all creatures. He used to spend a lot of time fishing and exploring the outdoors. Jerry was heavily involved in conservative Christian political advocacy.
He took great pride in seeing young athletes succeed, especially in hockey. When Jerry and Judy were younger, they used to enjoy attending to UND hockey and basketball events and going on trips. Recently, they had a great time with their relatives at their lake house. To share God’s Word with others, Jerry became a Gideon.
Jerry had ten siblings: Joe, Cecelia, Richard, Louis, Margaret Olson, Mary Lou Martin, Eddie, and James, all of whom had died before him.
Jeff (Charlene), Bartlett, Tennessee; Jane, Grand Forks, North Dakota; John (Cathy), Minnetrista, Minnesota; Jason (Sonya), Blaine, Minnesota; James, Chandler, Arizona; 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews survive Jerry.