December 8, 2022

Dawson County Journal

Dawson County, Nebraska

Gerald “Jerry” Milford Sundquist, 75, of Curtis, NE

Gerald “Jerry” Milford Sundquist, 75, of Curtis, NE passed away on September 27, 2022 in Lincoln, NE.

Jerry was born February 26th , 1947 in Holdrege, NE to Milford and Bessie Sundquist. He was raised on a farm east of Huntley, NE and attended Huntley Schools. In 1968 Jerry graduated UNSTA with an associate degree in soil conservation and surveying. In the same year he was wedded to his bride of 54 years, LaDonna Vreeland. To this union three children were born, Michelle, Michael and Jeremy. Upon completion of college, Jerry worked for the Nebraska Department of Roads as a surveyor on the project of the I80 interstate, close to Sidney, Nebraska. After a year at the Department of Roads, Jerry was hired at his alma mater, UNSTA, where he taught soil and conservation, surveying, and computers. In 1998, Jerry earned his master’s degree in education from Kearney State College. During his tenure at UNSTA/NCTA he eventually became the Director of Instruction, Assistant Dean, and Interim Dean. 

During Jerry’s free time he enjoyed many activities. Some of these included camping and boating with his family at Johnson and Cambridge Lake. He also enjoyed grouse hunting trips with lifelong friends to the Sandhills. Jerry was an active participant in golf league at Arrowhead Meadows, serving as the secretary for many years. Another passion of Jerry’s was his involvement in Curtis Rotary Club, where he served as President for a term. Jerry took very much pride in his teaching and keeping up with his past students. During Jerry’s life, he spent much time with his family, which he loved the most.

Jerry is survived by his wife, LaDonna Sundquist of Curtis, NE, his daughter, Michelle Hackney of Firestone, CO, his son Michael (Vickie) Sundquist of Lincoln, NE, five grandchildren Alec Hackney, Alise Hackney, Cole Sundquist, Tyler Sundquist, and Gracie Sundquist. Survivors also include his siblings, Kay (Erick) Erickson of Funk, NE, Sandra Sundquist of Holdrege, NE, Peggy Sundquist of North Platte, NE, and Donald Sundquist of Blue Hill, NE.

Jerry is preceded in death by his parents Milford and Bessie Sundquist, son, Jeremy Sundquist, son-in-law, Jim Hackney, mother in law, Mary Lou Vreeland, brother-in-law, Gregory Vreeland, and sister-in-law,
Deborah Vreeland.

Jerry’s son, Jeremy passed away December 26th , 2020. A Joint Memorial Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Curtis, Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 10:00 am with Pastor Tim McCrary officiating.  

Memorials may be sent to the family as a memorial will be established in Jerry’s name, 3300 W Buckthorn RD, Lincoln, NE 68523.

Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel & Monuments
620 10th Street                          317 Center Ave
Gothenburg, NE 69138           Curtis, NE 69025
(308)537-2313                           (308) 367-4177

Source: Obituaries