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C. J. "Jerry" Nesseim

December 18, 1936 ~ August 13, 2019 (age 82)


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C. J. “Jerry” Nesseim, 82, of Aberdeen, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at Prairie Heights Healthcare in Aberdeen.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 24, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 409 3rd Ave SE, Aberdeen, with Father Melvin Kuhn as celebrant.

Burial, with military rites, will follow at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery in Aberdeen.

Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Friday, August 23rd, at the mortuary, with a liturgical wake service beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Visitation continues one hour before Mass at the church on Saturday.

Family and friends may sign Jerry’s online guestbook and also view his service via the live stream service link at

Jerry was born to Martin and Ruby (Tangeman) Nesseim on December 18, 1936, in Lake Preston, SD.  At an early age, the family moved to Ida Grove, IA.  Jerry graduated from Ida Grove High School in 1955.  

In October of 1955, Jerry enlisted in the United States Army and spent 17 months in the 724th Ordnance Maintenance Company, 24th Infantry Division in Korea.  Upon returning to the states, Jerry spent a year at Fort Carson, CO, before being honorably discharged from the Army in 1958.

Jerry married Mary Lou Wolterman on August 1, 1959, in Ida Grove.  The couple moved to Vermillion, SD, where Jerry was enrolled at the University of South Dakota.  Their first child, Kathy, was born on August 29, 1961, at the university.  Jerry graduated in May of 1962 with a degree in business management.  The family then moved to Huron, SD, where Jerry was employed with Rushmore Credit Corporation.  Their second child, Greg, was born in Huron on September 16, 1965.  In 1967, Jerry resigned from Rushmore Credit Corporation and the family moved to Aberdeen, SD, where he began employment with the Internal Revenue Service.  He was employed with the IRS until retirement.  In 1971, the family purchased a cabin at Pickerel Lake, which had been, and will continue to be, enjoyed by the family for many years to come.  Tragedy hit the family in 1992, when Mary Lou was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Treatment with high dose chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant at the University Hospital in Denver, CO, were not successful and she passed away on July 17, 1992.  In 2014, Jerry’s son, Greg, also passed away.  Jerry continued to live near his daughter and son-in-law and make Aberdeen his home until the time of his death.

Jerry was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Veteran of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post 24, AARP, NARFE, and the Pickerel Lake South Shore Association.

Grateful for having shared Jerry’s life is his daughter, Kathy (Adam) Heyd of Aberdeen; his grandson, Justin (Hannah) Heyd of Sioux Falls, SD; and one great-grandson, Marshall Heyd. 

Pallbearers will be:  Brian Wolterman, Cal Wolterman, Jeff Wolterman, Dale Anderson, Don Schatz and Dan Loveland.

Honorary Pallbearers will be:  Conley and Mary Wolterman, Roseann Van Boxtel, Willis Johnson, Jeanne Johnson, Lynn Hanson, Karleen Holler, Kathy Loveland, Craig and Carolyn Schaunaman, Gabby and Brandon Schneider, Jaydon Ganje, and all of Jerry’s nieces, nephews and dear friends.

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August 23, 2019

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Schriver's Memorial Mortuary
414 5th Avenue NW
Aberdeen, SD 57401

Liturgical Wake Service
August 23, 2019

7:00 PM
Schriver's Memorial Mortuary
414 5th Avenue NW
Aberdeen, SD 57401

Mass of Christian Burial
August 24, 2019

10:00 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
409 3rd Avenue SE
Aberdeen, SD 57401

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