Surrounded by his loving family, Gerald "Jerry" Clayton Belisle, 72, of Billings, went to be with the Lord on March 26, 2005, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Jerry was born the seventh of eight children in Plentywood, on Feb. 25, 1933, to Clysta and Rudolph Belisle. He received an honorable discharge from the Army after serving in the Korean War.
He worked a number of years with Liggett and Meyers before retiring and moving back to Montana, where he transitioned into self employment as partner/manager of the Jim Town Bar in Ashland. He became General Manager of the first casino ever established in Billings, known as the Gold Nugget Casino that later changed to Montana Nugget located on Grand Avenue.
In 1997, he married the love of his life, Shirley Larson. Together, they united two amazing families into one. This union brought him everlasting joy and happiness.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Clarence, Carroll and Ralph; sister Elaine Klein. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; his daughters, Sharrol, Kathy and Darci; and sons Stacy, Tim and Toby; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; as well as his brothers Glenn (Alma), Gene (Donna); and sister Phyllis (Don) Tryan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jerry had an enormous heart that he willingly shared with family, friends, neighbors and even a stranger in need. He reached out to everyone. Jerry's love, smile and sense of humor will be missed by us all.
Being your firstborn daughter, we've had our ups and downs. However, I remember more ups. You are very loved by your grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I love you very much. You will always be in my heart. One day we will be together again.
You have given me more than I could ever ask for as your daughter. I will miss you very much.
I cherish so many memories that someday will be shared with your future great-grandchildren. Kathy
I love you and I will miss you.
Your bright light will never go dim. It will continue to guide me and Joseph. Until we meet again. With all my love, Darci
Thank you for your friendship and for loving mom. You were always there for me when I needed you. Even though your time with Grady was brief, he will grow up knowing you.
Thank you so much for always being there for us and my mom, we will miss you greatly. I will try to carry on your Bronco spirit!
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 30, at Faith Chapel. Interment with military honors will follow at Yellowstone Valley Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.