‹ Return to Current Obituaries

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Larry's visitation.

Larry Jerde

Larry Jerde, 60 of Watertown passed away suddenly on Tuesday, June 07, 2011 in Watertown. His funeral will be at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Watertown, Rev. Iver Possehl officiating, burial will be at Ortley Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday 5-7 P.M. at the church in Watertown with a 6:30 P.M. prayer service. Larry Jerde was born on Friday, December 8, 1950 to Verle and Shirley (Peeper) Jerde at Webster, South Dakota. The family lived on a farm in Egeland Township, Day County, south of Waubay. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waubay. He started country school near his home and graduated from Waubay High School in 1969 then continued his education at S.D.S.U. in Brookings and then transferred to North State College where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting in 1973. In 1975 he obtained his Certified Public Accountant license. On January 25, 1971 he married Krista McKane at Waubay, to this union four daughters were born. The couple made their home in Aberdeen where he worked for Harlan Peterson accounting firm. In 1977 they moved to Gillette, Wyoming and in 1978 moved to Watertown. He started his own accounting firm in 1979 and operated for 31 years until the present time. He was united in marriage to Glenda Long on April 8, 1989. After they joined their families together, they raised nine children in Watertown. As Larry would say they were two fools collided," but they raised their kids together as one in love making a house a home. Larry and Glenda worked together side by side to build Larrys accounting firm into what it is today. He was a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church where he served as Treasurer for several years. Larry was a son, brother, father, grandpa and friend. He had many interests including riding motorcycle, boating, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and riding horse, or relaxing at the cabin on Pickerel lake, which we have all experienced with him one way or another. His favorite hobby was his work, he loved accounting and strived to do the best in it. He was missed by many during those long hard days and nights that sooner or later turned into long months. We couldnt wait for tax season to be over so we could spend the rare, extra time with him. He loved to celebrate holidays with family, we could all come together to eat drink, and either go snowmobiling or be pulled behind the boat, where you may have been skipped across the water after getting dumped off the tube.. Larry was a giving person with a big heart who tried to make sure everyone lived happily and comfortably. You could always count on him if you were in a jam. Larry was always one to bring good conversation with informational topics that would later be useful to others in their lives. Larry always gave laughs and entertainment to everyone around him, there was never a dull moment. Larry will be missed, but always kept in our hearts. Larry passed away suddenly on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at Watertown, South Dakota at the age of 60 years, 5 months and 30 days. He is survived by his wife, Glenda of Watertown; four daughters, Candy Jerde of Watertown, Tanya (Charles) Jones of Milbank, Trisha Jerde of Tempe, AZ and Carmen Jerde ( special friend, Darin Gruba) of Milbank; two step-sons, Jess (Kristin) Haman of Sioux Falls and Jason Hamman of Colton; two step-daughters, Stacey (Travis) Denison of Lake Preston and Stephanie Utne ( special friend, Jeff Koehn) of Watertown; his mother, Shirley Jerde of Waubay; two brothers, Alan (Dede) Jerde of Waubay and Dale (Brenda) Jerde of Florence; one sister, Karen Mikkelson of Watertown; nine grandsons and two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his father and a step-daughter.

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Larry Jerde, please visit our flower store.


I am honored to have known this great man for many years.We also shared many laughs together. He will always remain in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayer go out to his family at this time.Vern & Kathy Johnson

Vern & Kathy Johnson Jun 10 2011 12:00 AM

I will never forget when he and his family spent time at Enemy Swim Lake and brought along the parasail. It was easy to see they enjoyed time as a family. Larry will be missed by so many people. What a great guy!

Wes Drake Jun 10 2011 12:00 AM

We are sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Gary & Karla Beisch Jun 10 2011 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Larry was always so friendly and nice to me whenever I visited Candace and the kids. He was a wonderful man. The memories you have of him will hopefully help you all through this difficult time. My prayers are with you all.

Linda Verdino Jun 10 2011 12:00 AM

My sincere sympathy in the loss of Larry.

Cindy Jun 10 2011 12:00 AM

I am blessed to call you and Glenda my friends. We have went through the good and bad together with both tears and laughter. It seemed no matter how bad things were you'd find something to make us smile and laugh about. Your laugh made me laugh. Your smile made me smile. Thank you Larry. Our trip to Telluride Colorado was unforgettable and I will never forget our trip to the top of the mountain. You were such a good sport even though you should've thrown us all out of the gondola. Today I can hear the laughter yet the tears seem to have a mind of their own. You will be dearly missed. Glenda we are here for you regardless of the distance in miles. Love, hugs and prayers,

Tom and Mary Jun 9 2011 12:00 AM

I was so saddened to hear of Larry's death. My deepest sympathy to Glenda and entire family. I learned so much working for Larry even though it was only for a short time. Still grin at the way Larry and Glenda would spat with each other in the office and Larry would be in his office and Glenda sitting across from me making faces that he couldn't see, but yet he knew :) You two were so great and fun to work for. So understanding as I was going through such a hard time in my life. Such very good hearted people and your kindness will never be forgotten. Larry will be missed.

Amy Bruinsma Jun 9 2011 12:00 AM

Glenda and family. sorry to hear about larry. we will keep you in our prayers. Diane and Roger families

Diane and Roger Hamman Jun 9 2011 12:00 AM

I will always miss Larry. He was more than an accountant. He was a friend. A consultant and a confidant. May God shed his grace on thee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kelly Tracy Jun 9 2011 12:00 AM

Glenda and Family- We are still in shock about the news of Larry's passing. Bob has a lot of memories of growing up as neighbors. We will miss him as our accountant, and his friendship. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Bob and Nancy Rumpza Jun 9 2011 12:00 AM

Show More Entries