Jerry Leroy Rosengartner, 74, of Emory, died peacefully, Saturday, September 6, 2014 in Greenville at Hunt Regional Hospital, surrounded by his family. Memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 3:00 PM, at the Wilson-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel in Emory with Bro. Robert Burns officiating.
Jerry was born on March 24, 1940 in Dallas, to Donald and Helen Arnold Rosengartner. He graduated from South Souix City High School in 1958. He married Earlene Andersen in 1958, and they had 5 children: Debra, Rodney, Dawn Robin, Duane, and J. R. He later married Brenda Mayes Lawrence, in Garland, on August 29, 1981, and became loving father to her 3 children Keith, Dana, and Donnie Lawrence.
Jerry worked with his father in South Souix City, Nebraska, then was later employed as a foreman of Ford Motor Company from 1964-1973. He also drove for Grey Hound Bus Lines, however his passion was driving a truck. He drove for numerous trucking companies until last year.
He was a member of Masonic Lodge and became a Master Mason on July 26, 2005, in the Lodge of Mars Hill #1440 in Emory.
He is survived by his wife: Brenda Rosengartner, of Emory; children: Debra West, and husband, James, of Princeton; Rodney Rosengartner of Huntsville; Robin Tucker, and husband, Kenneth, of Merit; Duane Rosengartner, and wife, Kristine, of Denton; Keith Lawrence, and wife, Elaine, of Poplar Bluff, MO; Dana Morris, and husband, John, of Greenville; and Donnie Lawrence of Gatesville; brother: Duane Rosengartner of Dallas; former wife: Earlene Andersen Bottroff of Ponca, NE; 12 Grandchildren: Courtney; Heather; Jerry Don; Melody; Brittany; Kaysee; Kyle; Keaton; Brandy, and husband, Jonathan; Jessica; Alex; Alicia, and husband, Berto; and 9 Great-grandchildren: Neven; Tammie; Mariah, Heaven; Cambree; Haylen; Elliana; Karma; and Issac; numerous other loving family and friends, and, also, numerous "Fur Babies".
Preceded by his infant son: J. R. Rosengartner; several aunts and uncles.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation at PCF.org/donate or call 1-800-757-2873 or mail to Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 or to Lone Star Akita Rescue at 480-584-8868 or make your online donation at www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/Jerry-Rosengartner-grumpy/230409 Please sign the online guestbook for the family here at the link above.