Gerald Bess

Gerald Harley "Jerry" Bess

Saturday, December 14th, 1946 - Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019
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Gerald Harley Bess (Jerry) passed away quietly at home on July 23, 2019 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
Jerry was born December 14, 1946 to Archie Charles Bess and Catherine Elizabeth Bedeger in Murray, Utah. He was the 4th of 6 children.
Jerry was active in scouting as a youth and earned the Life rank. He attended Hillcrest High School and graduated in 1965. He did well in school and lettered in track and football, earning a football scholarship to Snow College. Jerry served in the Army reserve for 6 years.
He married Donna Aagard on April 19, 1969 and together they raised 6 children in Mapleton, UT. They later divorced. He married Winora Adams Bullock on July 12, 2008. He gained 3-stepsons and 9 more grandchildren.
Jerry worked for American Paper Co. as a truck driver and later as a salesman. He started his own business, Business Systems Group, and for many years traveled all over Utah selling business forms. After retirement he became a bus driver for the Iron Co. School District.
Jerry lived an active life enjoying most sports, snow skiing, camping, bowling and line dancing with his wife.
He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where he held several callings throughout the years. He spent the last years of his life working with his wife as an ordinance worker in the St. George and Cedar City Temples.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Marjorie Kaylene Lopez. He is survived by his wife Winora, 5 sons - Brad Bess (Shelly), Kevin Bess (Leonor), Roger Bess (Leslie), Larry Bess (Allison), Dustin Bess (Cassaundra), one daughter - Shellie Arslanian (Hagop), his former spouse Donna Bess, 21 grandchildren, 3 step sons - Ray Bulloch (Jodi), Shane Bulloch (Kayla), Tommy Bulloch (Ashley), 3 Brothers - Ken Bess (Margaret), Archie Bess (Letty), Ronald Bess, a sister - Karen Everill and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Mon., July 29th, 2019 at the Cedar 20th Ward Chapel at 725 South 1100 West, Cedar City, Utah.
Viewing from 11:30-12:30, Funeral 1:00 p.m.
Interment in the Cedar City Cemetery
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, July 29th, 2019 | 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Monday, July 29th, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Cedar 20th Ward
    725 South 1100 West
    Cedar City, Utah 84720
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, July 29th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Monday, July 29th, 2019 1:00pm
    Cedar 20th Ward
    725 South 1100 West
    Cedar City, Utah 84720
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Bishop Eric Fielding
  • Interment

    Monday, July 29th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Monday, July 29th, 2019 2:00pm
    Cedar City Cemetery
    685 N. Main
    Cedar City, Utah 84721
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Kelly Ballow

Posted at 09:24pm
I have many fond memories of Jerry. Being the oldest grandson. Jerry included me in many of his activities he took me fishing many times. He always had a interest in my sports! He would just show up at my games unannounced! I would spot him on my sidelines made me very proud! Took me to my first BYU game and made me a huge fan!! Great memories I will treasure forever!! R.I.P Jerry!!

Archie Bess

Posted at 03:20pm
Jerry was my "little shadow" during our childhood years so there are just too many stories to share them on this wall. I will truly miss him until I re-join him some day on the other side of the veil. Until then, he knows that I love him.

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