April 5, 1933 – November 15, 2017
Gerald J. ‘Bud’ Jenniges, 84, of Hot Springs, passed away November 15, 2017, at the Michael J. Fitzmaurice State Veterans Home in Hot Springs.
Bud was born in Hot Springs, April 6, 1933, to Norman and Dale Jenniges. He proudly served in the United States Army, serving most of his tour of duty in Germany. Bud was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal, National Service Defense Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.
Bud graduated from Chadron State Teachers College (BA) and University of Northern Colorado (MA). He taught industrial arts in the Johnstown-Milliken (CO) school district for 30 years, and also taught PE and driver ed. Bud coached high school baseball, football and basketball. After moving back to Hot Springs in 2001, Bud coached baseball as a high school club sport and also a town team. Bud coached numerous American Legion baseball teams in Colorado and Hot Springs. After 65 years as a player and coach, Bud finally retired as a fan and supporter of all levels of baseball from Little League to MLB. He was an avid hunter and fisherman with many entertaining stories about both. Bud was also a hunter safety instructor. Bud was a member of Elks Lodge 751, VFW Post 2585 (Johnstown, CO), and the Hot Springs Rural Fire Protection District. He also served on the SD High School Baseball Board of Directors for 9 years. Bud was a member of Battle Mountain Post 71, where he served as commander for many years.
Bud touched countless lives, as a teacher, coach, and community volunteer. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Norman Michael; sister, Leone; daughter, Kathy; his parents in-law, Everett and Mabel Gillis.
Bud is survived by his wife of 63 years, Donna; children, Nancy Jenniges of Rocky Ford, CO; Barbara (John) Holmes of Nashville, Tenn.; Deanna (Danny) Brewer of Olney Springs, Colo.; James (Kris) Jenniges of Odessa, Neb.; Carol (Rick) Abrams of Covington, Tenn.; Shari (Rob) Schneider of Gilcrest, Colo.; sisters, Helen Steffen of Minneapolis, Minn.; Shirley (Dennis) Pelkofer of Aberdeen; Kay (Lloyd) Flock of Buffalo Gap; 12 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., Sunday, November 19, 2017, at Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs.
Mass of Christian burial will be held 10 a.m., Monday, November 20, 2017, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Hot Springs with Fr. Grant Gerlach, Celebrant. Interment will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Hot Springs.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Bud’s name to benefit youth baseball in Hot Springs.
Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs.