Jerry Black

Feb. 8, 1948 – Jan. 7, 2019

Jerry Black, 70, Minot,

passed away Monday,

January 7, 2019, at Trinity

Homes in Minot.

Jerry Ben Black was

born February 8, 1948, the

son of Joseph and Bonnie

(Parris) Black, in Ashe-

ville, NC. He was raised

and educated in Enka-

Candler, NC. He graduat-

ed from Enka High School

in 1966. During his junior

and senior years, he drove

the school bus.

Jerry enlisted in the Un-

ited States Air Force July

3, 1967. He proudly

served his country during

the Vietnam War as a jet

engine mechanic and was

honorably discharged July

2, 1971.

Jerry married Linda

Martin, August 8, 1970, in

Anamoose, ND. They

made their home in

Minot, where he worked

at Walman Optical as an

Optician for 39 years and

worked part-time at M&H

Gas Station for 38 years.

He was a member of

Christ Lutheran Church in

Minot and the Dakota

Cruisers Car Club, where

he served as vice-

president. He was a past

member of the Eagles

Aerie and Minot VFW

Post #753.

Jerry enjoyed deer hunt-

ing with his relatives,

helping on the farm, visit-

ing with friends and

spending time with his

family. Jerry was meticu-

lous about his yard and

his cars. All his vehicles

would get washed weekly

even if they hadn’t been

driven. He would say they

got dusty from sitting in

the garage. Jerry loved to

hop in the car with Linda

and go for a long drive

looking at the North Dako-

ta countryside. He was an

avid NASCAR fan and at-

tended the Nodak Speed-

way. In his later years, he

enjoyed the comfort and

companionship of his

pound puppy, Charley.

His loving family in-

cludes: Linda, wife of 48

years, Minot; daughters,

Shondell Gantzer (Stuart

Hammer), Minot, and

Heather (Tim) Kelley,

Bismarck; grandchildren,

Justin Gantzer, Minot, Jor-

dyn (Joseph) Adams,

Bismarck, Bailey Gantzer,

Minot, Bristol Kelley,

Bismarck; brothers, Tony

(Roxie) Black, Henderson-ville, NC, and Earl

(Karole) Black, Fletcher,

NC; and numerous nieces,

nephews and cousins.

Jerry was preceded in

death by his parents; and

sister, Penny Woods.

Memorial Service: Sa-

turday, January 12, 2019,

at 10:30 a.m. at Christ

Lutheran Church, 502

17th ST NW, Minot, ND


Interment: Will be a

private ceremony at a

later date at the North

Dakota Veterans

Cemetery, Mandan, ND.

Visitation: There will be

no reviewal, but friends

may sign the register book

onSaturday one hour pri-

or to the service at the


Memorials: are pre-

ferred to the North Dakota

Veterans Cemetery, 1825

46th St, Mandan, ND,


Those wishing to sign

the online register and

share memories may ac-

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