October 7, 1920 ~ June 5, 2012
Jerry passed away in his home on June 5, 2012 at 91. Jerry was born on October 7, 1920 in Walker, Kansas to Adam and Josephine Dome. His family moved to Boulder, Colorado in a new Model-T when he was 6. He attended Sacred Heart Elementary School, Boulder High School and the University of Colorado College of Pharmacy. He graduated with a BS degree in 1942.
In September 1942 he enlisted in the army air force and received his commission as 2nd LT.
at Yale University in July 1943. While stationed at Peterson Field, Colorado Springs, he married Betty Jane Herkert, daughter of Harry T. and Connie Herkert of Boulder, on September 19, 1943. He attended Navigation school at Selman Field in Monroe, Louisiana. He was assigned to the 447th heavy bombardment group with the 8th Air Force in England.
He flew 35 missions over Germany as a navigator in the B-17’s. He received an OAK LEAF CLUSTER “for meritorious achievement while participating in heavy bombardment missions…” After his tour of duty he was stationed at Ellington Field Texas where he worked as a pharmacist until his discharge September 1945.
He returned to Colorado and worked in the Fort Collins Drug Store before purchasing the Colorado Blvd Drug store in Denver. In 1949 he and Betty moved to Montrose, where they happily spent the rest of their lives. He purchased the Busy Corner Pharmacy in the Missouri Building at 347 E. Main Street. He owned and operated the Pharmacy until selling the business in 1974. He opened the Dome Hallmark store at that same location where he and Betty worked until retiring in 1982.
Jerry was devoted to wife, family, church and community and tirelessly served all.
He contributed to many Montrose community agencies and among those were as:
Director of the Chamber of Commerce; Director of Tri County Water Conserving District; Director of Montrose Industrial Development; Director of Downtown Improvement District; President of the Western Slope Pharmaceutical Association; Member of University of Colorado School of Pharmacy Advisory Board; Chairman of the Red Cross for 6 years; helped develop the Walking Blood Bank for Montrose Memorial Hospital, and was consultant for the Hospital Pharmacy.
He was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Parrish from 1949 until his death. His services to the Church were extensive: He was President of the Parrish council for 4 years and a member for 10 years. He sat on the Finance committee for over 25 years, and in 1967 he was a recipient of Pax Semper Et Caritas from Bishop Busswell of Pueblo for services to the Church. He was a Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus and a member since 1944; a member of the Pueblo Diocesan Liturgical Commission Committee; a Eucharistic Minister since 1977, a Stevens Minister and Lector; and after Betty’s death, became a Benedictine Oblate.
Jerry loved the outdoors. He hunted, fished, skied, and drove all the trails his jeep could climb. He was an adventurer.
He raised four daughters in Montrose who all survive him. Judith A. Dome, Denver CO.; Nancy G. Fischer, Spokane WA.; Carol Dome LaDucer ( husband Jack) Winters, CA. ; Coni Hommerding (husband, Mike) Rathdrum, ID.; along with his Grandchildren: Erik L. Fischer, Colorado Springs, CO.; Kristin Black (husband Vance) Spokane WA.; Sarah Alderman (husband Vance) Coeur d’ Alene, ID. And Rachel Zimick, Seattle WA.
Gerald is preceded in death by his parents Josephine and Adam Dome; his two sisters, Geraldine Mary Dome and Mary Ann Schmitz, and his beloved wife, Betty Jane Dome in 1993.
We cannot find words to express our great love for and loss of our father and grandfather.. No one was dearer.
Donations can be made to Sharing Ministries in Gerald L. Dome’s name. Viewing will be on Sunday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Crippin Funeral Home Chapel. The funeral mass will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Monday, the 11th at 1:00 PM.
Arrangements are under the direction and care of Crippin Funeral Home, 802 E. Main St., Montrose, Co 81401 (970) 249-2121