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Jerry Paul Bethe


Jerry Paul Bethe, 82 of Monte Vista. On May 5th, 1940, an amazing man was born. The youngest of 3 born to Ernest E. Bethe and Dorothy L. (Dahl). Jerry married the most patient woman on the planet and the love of his life Emma Jean (Swinehart). Together they raised daughter Helen Harris, were blessed with 2 grandsons Danny and Jerry Harris, and celebrated 56 1/2 years of wedded bliss.

      Dad was kind, extremely generous and hard working. It took a while, but he was finally after 40+ years talked into retirement. He promptly fast talked his way into a brand new R.V., pack his bride and a lifetime of stuff into 40 feet and hit the open road. Still up with the sun, but now his own boss, Dad would be where he wanted and take his sweet time getting there! Along the way, the old fart and his bride made many wonderful memories and many wonderful friends. Eventually they hung up the keys to the RV and settled in his hometown of Monte Vista, Co.

      As his health declined Dad expressed the desire to be at home with mom and for heaven’s sake, no fanfare! As a family we made him as comfortable as possible. Dad never rested however, he kept busy making sure that mom ate, slept and was going to be ok.

On July 16th, 2022, at 10am Dad passed peacefully and at home with his family. He was welcomed to his Heavenly home by, both parents, one brother Corky Bethe (Flora), and many other friends and family.

He is survived by his wife Jean Bethe, daughter Helen Harris (Kyle Moderie) and grandsons Danny and Jerry Harris, nieces, nephews, many close friends and brothers and sister in Christ. His wise words, broad shoulder and infectious laugh are missed already. We love you Papa, a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck! OXO

Cremation was chosen and celebration of life will be held on August 12, 2022 at 2:00 PM in South Fork, CO at the Emmanuel Chapel. Services are in the care of Strohmayer's Funeral Home in Monte Vista, CO.

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