Jerry had been a full-time caller for over 40 years calling in all 50 states
and numerous foreign countries. In the square dance world, his was
truly a household name. In addition, Jerry and Kristy owned a small bar
(The Hideaway) in Fairfield, IA.
Like the rest of the world’s full-time callers, Jerry’s income completely
dried up during the pandemic. In addition, the Hideaway had to close
as well. In April, Jerry and Kristy both were hospitalized after being
diagnosed with Covid 19.
Prior to his death, he was in the ICU Unit of Iowa University Hospital for
almost 4 weeks undergoing multiple surgeries, an amputation of his leg,
and a barrage of tests.
Jerry had devoted his life to our great activity. His amazing
choreography and unbridled enthusiasm has thrilled thousands and
thousands of dancers worldwide for almost half a century. He has
taught hundreds of callers in various callers schools. He was the
pioneer in getting the SSD Program established. He will be
remembered as one of the best callers our activity has produced.
This is an opportunity for the square dance world to give back. Kristy
needs our help. With Jerry’s death, Kristy is now saddled with
negotiating a growing mountain of medical and household debt. All
funds that are collected will be used to provide some financial stability
for Kristy as she goes through this long recovery period.
Thank you in advance so very much for anything you are able to donate
to help. If you prefer to write a check, please contact me through
GoFundMe for details.
- Julian Pritchard
- Jaron Ludeking
- Duane Vandeventer
- Heidi Nyberg
Organizer and beneficiary
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