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Jerry Bilstein

Jerry D Bilstein

Monday, August 24th, 1931 - Tuesday, March 24th, 2020
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Jerry D. Bilstein, 88, of Mitchell, passed away March 24, 2020, at his home. His graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 29, 2020, in the Alliance City Cemetery in Alliance with Pastor Merle Powell officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the United States Marine Corps and American Legion Post No. 7 Honor Guard. A luncheon will follow at the Shelter House at the Alliance City Park. Memorials may be made to the Scottsbluff Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or Festival of Hope. Online condolences may be made by viewing Jerry’s memorial page at

Jerry was born August 24, 1931 in Alliance to Richard and Bessie (Dasher) Bilstein, the youngest of nine children. He attended school in Alliance graduating in 1950. He worked for the C,B, & Q Railroad in Lincoln, NE as a boilermaker assistant until 1951. He served three years in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War. He returned to Alliance in 1953 and went to work as a civil engineer for the Burlington Northern Railroad where he remained until he retired in 1986.

He became a dad to Janelle and Michelle when he married their mother, Sharon Helm in Scottsbluff, NE in 1968. The family was completed with the birth of Jeanette in 1969. Although they divorced in 1989, they remained close friends.

Many young people came to know him as “dad” over the years as he was always providing rides, hugs or a place to sleep for his daughters’ friends. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. He took great joy in taking trips to the zoo, walking in nature and going to the train yards with all of them as youngsters. As they grew, he enjoyed attending their many school and sporting events.

He will be missed by former wife, Sharon of Gering; daughters, Janelle (Mark) Schultz and Michelle (John) Powell all of Scottsbluff, and Jeanette (Kyle Nichols) of Mitchell; grandchildren, Brittany (Spencer) Meyer, Kortany (Alex) McCauley, Justin Powell, Jeremy (Ali) Powell, Cierra (Shawn) Nagel, and Austyn Pedersen (Marcus Marshall); great-grandchildren, Legend and Epic Marshall, Andilyn McCauley, Trumynn Nagel, and Mazekeen Meyer. He is also survived by special friend Kenny Stiver, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by parents, Richard and Bessie Bilstein; brothers, Richard (Opal), Ellsworth (Charlene), Robert (Ruth), and Charles (Mary); sisters, Mildred (Fay), Bessie, Bernice (Berle), and Devona; and many nieces and nephews.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Monday, June 29th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, June 29th, 2020 10:00am
    Alliance City Cemetery
    2323 CR 58
    ALLIANCE, NE 69301
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  • Interment

    Alliance City Cemetery
    2323 CR 58
    ALLIANCE, NE 69301
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Dennie Fenton

Posted at 02:25pm
Uncle Jerry was the big brother I never had, he taught me to drive at the airfield. Will miss him tremendously. Dennie Fenton, Devona’s daughter.

Lynette Williams

Posted at 06:06pm
"If you love something, love it completely, cherish it, say it, but most importantly, show it.
Life is finite, and fragile, and just because something is there for one day, it might not be the next. Never take that for granted.
Say what you need to say and then say a little more. Show too much. Love too much. Everything is temporary but love. Love outlives us all." -Unknown

Grandpa Jerry embodied this quote to me. He always had minutes for only one but you could have it. He has on more than one occasion found precious things that I could not and kept them safe until I could get to them. He loved his girls more than anything, and he lived for opportunities to show them how much. A true gentleman in the fondest sense of that term. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten. It was my great privilege to know Jerry. May God himself hold his family in the palms of His loving hands as they begin to heal from this incredible loss.

Luayne Weisgerber

Posted at 11:32am
In sincere sympathy at the loss of your loved one.
The American Legion Auxiliary, Alliance Unit 7

Zak Perry

Posted at 02:19am
Uncle Jerry made a difference in my life when I was a child. He helped move me into a better situation than I was in. He also made that situation better by taking an interest in me. I can't thank him enough. I don't know what my life would have been without him acting. He had an open heart and an open door when my grandmother Devona, my mom Patricia, and I needed it. He had a good heart.

Michelle Powell Posted at 01:24pm

Thank you Zak. Family was very important to him.

Linda Dinnel

Posted at 11:25am
Sharon Bilstein and Family. Sorry for your lose. You are in my prayers. Love Linda
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