Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home It's all about saying goodbye. Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Gerald "Jerry" Joseph Illerbrun
April 11, 1937 - December 25, 2018

Place of Birth: Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada
Residence: Mission, Texas, formerly of Williston, ND
Age: 81

Gerald “Jerry” Illerbrun, 81, of Mission, TX, former Williston oilfield company owner, passed away Tuesday morning, December 25, 2018 after a long battle with Cancer in Mission, Texas. Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Williston is assisting the family with arrangements.

Jerry was born in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada on April 11, 1937, the son of James and Anna Marie (Hershberger) Illerbrun. He was raised and educated in the Illerbrun District near Gull Lake and helped his dad on the farm. He started his life-long career in the oilfield at the age of 15. He worked in the Estevan , Saskatchewan area of the oilfield on oil rigs, driving trucks, working on pipelines and production.
Jerry was united in marriage to Vivian Burns on July 17, 1957; the couple celebrated their 61st anniversary last year. To this union they had two sons, Bryan Lynn and Wyatt Justin.
They established Rocket Sales in Estevan, Saskatchewan in 1967. Rocket Sales supplied oil field rental products for drilling and production of oil wells. Jerry and Vivian moved to Williston in 1977 and established a branch of Rocket Sales there. They owned and operated their business until 1999 when they sold it and retired.
Jerry and Vivian lived in the Bahamas in the winter months and lived in Williston during the summer months until 2009, when they moved to Mission, Texas. In 2011 they would build a home in Mission and live there permanently.
Jerry enjoyed curling, golfing, working out at the fitness center and playing the stock market. He was an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins baseball team.
He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Williston and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mission. He was active in the API, a lifelong member of the Petroleum Club Moose and Eagles.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his son, Bryan Illerbrun; sister, Bernadette Illerbrun; brothers, Donald, Robert and William Illerbrun; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Illerbrun and Marjorie Ann Illerbrun and brother-in-law, Lloyd Palecek.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Vivian; son, Wyatt Illerbrun, brother, Jack (Marilyn) Illerbrun; sister, Laverne Palecek, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Ron and Carole Haug (West Fargo, No Dak)
Dec 25, 2018
What a nice man and friend Jerry was!! He will be missed terribly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time Viv!!
Jeanne Smith Knudsvig (WILLISTON, ND)
Dec 26, 2018
Vivian & Family
So sorry for the loss of Jerry he was always fun to visit with! May you keep his memories close to your hearts to help your through the days ahead...
Sincere Sympathy,
Clyde and Janell Sailer (Williston)
Dec 26, 2018
We are so sorry to learn of Jerry''s passing. We so enjoyed visiting with him. What a joyous reunion he will have with his dear friend Fr. Aydt. May he now rest in peace
Monica Haskin (Williston, ND)
Dec 26, 2018
Deepest sympathy's to you Viv & Family. Jerry always had a Smile on his face, he was always very kind, a good man. You all cherish your memories. He is no longer in pain, but we, the ones left behind are.
Prayers and hugs to you Viv. RIP Jerry.
Monica Haskin
Larry and Wanda Dokken (Williston)
Dec 26, 2018
We are saddened of the passing of our great friend Jerry! Words can't express our sorry but we know Jerry is in a better place after his suffering of late. Jerry was a generous person to his community which was reflected in his receiving the LIfeTime Achievement award from National API! Our thoughts and prayers go out to Vivian and her family.
John Blake (Longview, Texas)
Dec 27, 2018
Many fond memories from a past era. Especially our cruise in the 80's.
Debbie Wilcox (Minot)
Dec 27, 2018
Vivian and family, so sorry for your family’s loss of Jerry. Hugs and prayers for his family. Keep Jerry’s memories close to you.
Roberta Rick Becky Borud (Williston, ND)
Dec 27, 2018
Vivian and Family!
Our deepest condolences of your loss of Jerry.
Thoughts and Prayers!
Scott Bakke (Fargo, ND)
Dec 27, 2018
Very sad to hear of Jerry's passing. He was a good man who always made me feel at home when we visited. I'm glad his suffering is over, but I'm sorry that he's gone. Rest in peace.
Roy and Jeanie Arndt (Kenosee Lake , Saskatchewan )
Dec 27, 2018
We are so sad for the loss of our dear friend but will cherish our memories forever.. love you Viv..stay strong
Ron & Nancy Davis (Ayr, Ontario )
Dec 28, 2018
A huge loss to the Illerbrun family. Love, prayers & condolences to all. He was a great man we had the privilege to know. Rest In Peace dear friend xo
Marg Stewart (Regina, Sask. , Canada)
Dec 28, 2018
Dear Vivian and Family: My most sincere sympathy to you. Hold close all your cherished memories of Jerry to help comfort you during this difficult time. Hugs Viv
Terri Bakke (Fargo, ND)
Dec 28, 2018
Jerry will be missed by many.He was a very kind soul and always had that big smile and laugh for everyone.He always made you feel like family which I have come to view Jerry and Vivian as Family
Rest in peace Jerry My Thoughts and Prayers go out to you Vivian?
Douglas McKinnon (Estevan , Saskatchewan )
Dec 28, 2018
Jerry was a great guy, good friend of my father. We always enjoyed a visit with Jerry whenever we came to Williston or he came to Estevan.

Class like Jerry is sorely missing nowadays.

All our condolences from our family to Vivian and Jerry’s extended family.
Jeanie Christianson Issel (Moorhead, Mn)
Dec 31, 2018
Vivian and Family,
So sorry about Jerry. I have known you and your family for so many years. The Times I went to your home, Your friend, Jeanie
Wayne and Jean Biberdorf (Billings , Montana)
Dec 31, 2018
Our condolences to family. Jerry was good man, supportive of his industry and community.
Kelly Blomberg (Williston, North Dakota)
Jan 2, 2019
Sending my deepest sympathies to you Viv in the loss of Jerry! I have many fond memories of Jerry buying vehicles for his crew, but for you it was always something special! A love like yours is rare and such a treasure to see! He was a true gentle giant. His heart was as big as his smile and the two of you never failed to brighten a day! May you find peace in your memories and know that you are being held close in prayer!
Gary and Netty Bjerke (Williston, ND)
Jan 3, 2019
Vivian, Billy, Jonathon, and Jeremy - We are very saddened by the news - you were great neighbors and very good friends. Our deepest condolences and many prayers.
Sherry Bowman (Antigonish, Nova Scotia)
Jan 7, 2019
Vivian & family,
Our sincere sympathies for your loss. We have many fond memories of our Mom's (Velma) cousin Jerry and visits in Estevan and Oxbow area. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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