Jerry  Millard


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.
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Larry Emmons
Jul 12, 2019
Jerry was my first boss at UPS in Ottumwa as a supervisor. He was my mentor and friend. My thoughts and prayers to his family.
Paul McCombs
Jul 11, 2019
Connie, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this very difficult time.
Chuck Yochum
Jul 11, 2019
Connie and Family, my condolences. Sorry about your and your family's loss of Jerry. It brought back the memory of 3 of us being born just weeks apart in 1941, me on January 6, John Shaw on January 13 and Jerry January 22. We could walk to each others house on Route 2 AKA Bluegrass road. Ironically John passed just before our 50th (Walsh class of 59), and now Jerry just before our 60th. Jerry was the most steady of us - remember him and his sister Pam as dancers. I will keep him, you and your family in my prayers.
David and Velma Kirchner
Jul 10, 2019
Connie, we are so very sorry about Jerry's passing.
He was a great guy, lots of fun...and married to a wonderful gal....YOU CONNIE! !! We've missed our IHCC years and all the crazy times, but...we never forget them...never.
God bless you Connie...and the family. We pray for you.

David and Velma Kirchner.
James Schall
Jul 10, 2019
You have my deepest sympathy! Jerry was a genuinely good guy. He will be missed!