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Gerald "Jerry" Alfred Akre

October 19, 1940 December 8, 2018
Gerald "Jerry" Alfred Akre
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Gerald “Jerry” Alfred Akre, 78, passed away Saturday, December 8, 2018. Jerry was born to Alfred Olai and Gladys Esther (Carlson) Akre on October 19, 1940, in Glasgow, Montana. He loved being outdoors and built his own cabin in the family pasture where he liked to camp. In the 1960s, he worked on the family farm, on the tunnels at Fort Peck Dam, and began fencing.

In the early 1970s, he and his wife, Cheeri, moved to Lewistown, where Akre Fencing operated for 30 years. They contracted federal and state projects, but Jerry was happiest when working for the ranch owners across Central and Eastern Montana. He was known for his fence braces and the straightness of the wire. At times, he also worked as a mechanic, a skidder operator, a steel fabricator and welder. He also built a calf branding table that was later patented. After years of study, he became a private assayer in 1984.

Jerry moved to the Geyser area in 2001 as he and Cheeri were divorcing. He had fallen in love with the area and its people during fencing jobs. It was here that he met Viola Holland, with whom he shared his retirement years. During this time, Jerry still enjoyed being outside, tinkering in the shop and pursuing his interest in Montana history.

Jerry is survived by Viola Holland and her son, Steve Stanfield; older brother, Richard (Ilse) Akre of Westover, Maryland; sisters, Judy Carr of Graham, Washington, and Janis (Bob) Bittner of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and two nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents and his ex-wife.

Jerry’s friends are welcome to gather Monday, December 17th, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Cabin Creek Bar in Geyser, MT. A private committal service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in Jerry’s honor can be made to the Geyser Community Hall Club, P.O. Box 3, Geyser, MT 59447.

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Jerry’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at

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4:00 PM 12/17/2018 4:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 12/17/2018 6:00:00 PM
Cabin Creek Bar

305 Main
Geyser, MT 59447

Cabin Creek Bar
305 Main Geyser 59447 MT
United States

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Geyser Community Hall Club

PO Box 3
Geyser, MT 59447

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