Gerald Lee McCreary (May 17, 2020)

Jerry McCreary photoDecember 12, 1950 ~ May 17, 2020

Thursday, May 21, 2020
2:00 – 8:00 PM
Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home, Inc.
Harlan, IA
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Friday, May 22, 2020
10:00 AM
Harvest of Hope Church (formerly First Assembly of God)
Harlan, IA
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Burial will be in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, IA

NOTE: Social Distancing Standards will be observed during visitation and services.

Wife – Beverly McCreary of Harlan, IA
2 Daughters – Rebekah Mether of Missouri Valley, IA
Elizabeth (Jay) Harrison of Missouri Valley, IA
2 Sons – Bill (Susie) McCreary of Colorado Springs, CO
Bobby McCreary of Harlan, IA
4 Grandchildren
Other Friends & Relatives

Gerald “Jerry” Lee McCreary, the son of Clarence and Nellie (Wilson) McCreary, was born on December 12, 1950, in East St. Louis, Illinois. He attended school in Corydon, Iowa, through the tenth grade before entering the United States Air Force. Jerry served active duty as a Staff Sergeant (E5) in Vietnam; he proudly served his country for eight years.

On March 3, 1973, Jerry married Beverly Jean Geerdes in Bloomfield, Illinois. Following his Honorable Discharge from the Service, he began trucking. Jerry spent many hours doing long-haul work, and enjoyed the “alone time” on the road. Due to disability, he later had to retire from trucking.

At the age of ten, Jerry received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, and was baptized in the Baptist church. He loved to spend time hunting and fishing with friends.

Gerald “Jerry” L. McCreary died on Sunday, May 17, 2020, at the Salem Lutheran Home in Elk Horn, Iowa. He had reached the age of 69 years, 5 months, and 5 days.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and one sister. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Beverly McCreary of Harlan, Iowa; two daughters, Rebekah Mether and Elizabeth (Jay) Harrison, both of Missouri Valley, Iowa; two sons, Bill (Susie) McCreary of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Bobby McCreary of Harlan, Iowa; four grandchildren; and other friends and relatives.

The funeral service was held on Friday, May 22, 2020, at the Harvest of Hope Church in Harlan, Iowa, with Rev. Troy Renter officiating. Rebekah Mether and Elizabeth Harrison served as the musicians. Casket bearers were members of the Shelby County VFW Post #941 and the Helmer-Reyelt American Legion Post #150. Military rites were conducted by the Shelby County VFW Post #941 and the Helmer-Reyelt American Legion Post #150, and burial was in the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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3 Responses to Gerald Lee McCreary (May 17, 2020)

  1. Suzanne and Mike Rasmussen says:

    Our sympathy ,Bev and family. His battle is over, he is at peace and with his Saviour.

  2. Susan says:

    You have our deepest sympathy! Thinking of you Bev and family. Prayers

  3. Richard & Tammi Mether says:

    What a blessing it is to us that God brought Jerry and Bev into our lives through are shared children through adoption, Rebekah and Elizabeth. We are so sorry for the loss that so many are experiencing with Jerry’s death. But we also know that because of Christ and his love for Jerry, this is NOT the end. What a wonderful Life JERRY is experiencing now!

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