Every other month the SD ASFMRA newsletter ends with a page outlining Kjerstad Member Scholarship opportunities. Our chapter has many members who were not members at the time of Jerry Kjerstad’s death in October 2006. The intent of this information is to provide members with a historical perspective of the Kjerstad Member scholarship.

The chapter lost valued member Jerry Kjerstad on October 15, 2006. Jerry was Chapter President in 1993-94 and involved in national activities (especially Leadership Institute) from that time until his death. From Jerry’s obituary:

Jerald Elnoris Kjerstad was born March 28th, 1942 in Quinn, South Dakota, the son of Elnoris and Ila (Bean) Kjerstad. Jerry grew up on the ranch by Quinn. He graduated from Wall High School in 1960 and he received his BS in Agriculture Economics with a Business Option Degree from South Dakota State University in June of 1964.

Jerald Elnoris “Jerry” Kjerstad, age 64, of Piedmont, died Sunday, October 15, 2006, at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

Jerald Elnoris Kjerstad was born March 28th, 1942 in Quinn, South Dakota, the son of Elnoris and Ila (Bean) Kjerstad. Jerry grew up on the ranch by Quinn. He graduated from Wall High School in 1960 and he received his BS in Agriculture Economics with a Business Option Degree from South Dakota State University in June of 1964.

Jerry became a loan officer and appraiser with the Federal Land Bank Association of Chadron, Nebraska. He was with the Farm Credit Service System until December 31st, 1984. During his 20 years of appraisal and appraisal review career with the Farm Credit System, he was located in Spokane, Washington, Washington D.C., and Omaha, Nebraska.

Jerry returned to the Quinn area to manage his ranching interest and establish a real estate business in 1985. The appraisal real estate business was moved to Piedmont in 1993. Jerry is the president of Kjerstad Realty, Inc., which provides a full range of real estate appraisal, brokerage, and consulting services. Jerry approached his business like he did all aspects of his life with leadership, dignity, and respect.

Jerry was united in marriage to Margy White on January 12th 1963, in Wall, South Dakota, and to this union were born three children Rick, Tina, and Lisa. Jerry was a lover of life and adventure. He was always there for his children as a Boy Scout Leader, baseball and softball coach, driving instructor, riding coach, and whatever else was needed. Jerry shared his love of life with his children and his grandchildren every day. He also loved his horses, hunting, fishing, and wine. Jerry’s heart reached out to so many people and he gave every person he met a true gift of genuine friendship.

He was a member of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, South Dakota Alumni Council, South Dakota Buckaroos, Custer Trail Riders, and the US Marshal Posse.

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