TORRINGTON – Memorial services for Gerald “Jerry” Abbott, 70, will be 11 a.m Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at Lifeway Church with Pastor Cody Dyer officiating. Jerry died Oct. 2, 2019, at Medical Center Of the Rockies In Loveland, Colo., and cremation has taken place. Memorials may be given to either Valley Christian School or Lifeway Church. Arrangements are by the Colyer Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to www.coylerfuneralhome.com.
Jerry was born April 13, 1949, in Greeley, Colo., the son of Wayne and Bonnie (Martin) Abbott. He grew up and attended school in Greeley graduating high school there. He then attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. He enlisted in the US Air Force and went to officer’s training school. After 23 years in the Air Force he retired. He married Janice Hesselgesser on April 26, 1975, in Cheyenne. They moved to Torrington in June 2005. He received a Master’s Degree in Nursing and studied to be a Physician’s Assistant and later wrote for the Torrington Telegram.
Jerry truly enjoyed auto mechanics or anything greasy. He was a past member of the American Legion, was a member of Lifeway, and a member of several car clubs in the area. He spent many hours involved in Special Olympics and Junior Achievement.
Jerry is survived by his wife Jan Abbott of Torrington; two sons Jeremy Abbott of Torrington and Jamie Abbott of Fort Collins; a granddaughter Sarianna Lynn Abbott of Fort Collins; a brother Jim Abbott of Lexington, N.C.; two sisters Peggy (David) Withers of Rockford, Mich., and Patsy Vergara of Greeley; a sister-n-law Deanna (David) Greenwald of Lingle: and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother Joey.