Jerome D. Petty

Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Jerome D. Petty

Jerome D. Petty, 67, of Polk, Nebraska, formerly of Sutherland and Aurelia, passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Jerome was born on Sept. 2, 1954, in Cherokee, to Ruth Ann (Trojahn) and Clyde L. Petty. He grew up on the family farm north of Quimby in Cherokee County. He graduated from Willow Community School in 1972. During high school, Jerome worked at several odd jobs. After graduation, he worked for Wilson Food in Cherokee for 27 years, then he worked maintenance at Wells Blue Bunny at Le Mars, for five years. In 2007, Jerome became an independent trucker, and drove until illness forced him to retire in 2021.

Jerome enjoyed various hobbies over the years. His passion was building and driving dragsters, watching them on TV, and attending swap meets. In 1978, Jerome won the season Championship in his class at Humboldt. He also enjoyed working with the youth of Sutherland through the Sutherland Recreational Corporation (SRC), improving their lives and the community as a whole. Jerome enjoyed buying fixer-upper homes, remodeling them and living in the homes.

During the years Jerome lived in Sutherland, he was very involved in the Church of Christ. He taught Sunday School, and served on the church board as a deacon and elder.

Jerome married Debra Wilkes on May 24, 1975. They divorced in 2015. On Jan. 14, 2016, Jerome married Patricia (Patty) Lofquist.

Jerome is survived by his wife, Patty; his three adult children, Matthew (Tammy) of Brandon, South Dakota, Anthony of Springer, New Mexico, Elaine (Candie) (Zach) Poulsen of Remsen. He is also survived by four adult step-children, D. Bryan Lofquist Jr. of Westminster, Colorado, Daniel (Jessica) Lofquist of Garden City, Kansas, Dustin (Kim) Lofquist of Atkinson, Nebraska, and Daphne (Josh Kneifel) Lofquist of Silver Spring, Maryland. Jerome is also survived by eight siblings, Connie Kendrick of Sandusky, Ohio, Linda (Don) Lane of Sigourney, Deborah (Dale) Jorgensen of Alcester, South Dakota, Herschel (Clare) Petty of Belpre, Ohio, Reginald (Denise) Petty of Washta, Angela Olson (Steve Pick) of Hartington, Nebraska, Vonda (Timothy) Stowell of Cherokee. Melissa (Jack) Burtlow of Des Moines. Also surviving are his father-in-law, Rev. Willis Pauls; sister-in-law, Saundra Burks of Lenora, North Carolina; and brother-in-law, David (Becky) Pauls of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma as well as 18 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jerome was preceded in death by his father, Clyde on April 3, 1984; his mother, Ruth Ann on June 14, 2006; his still-born sister, Roberta Laurel, on Aug. 23, 1956; and brother-in-law, Thomas Hinds, on Oct. 18, 1991; and he was preceded in death by all four grandparents.

There will be a Celebration of Life at the Sutherland Church of Christ in Sutherland, at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 10.