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Jerry Lee Messersmith, 82, longtime resident of Duncan, OK passed away Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017 at Meridian Nursing Home.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr.  Janice Sharp and Rev. Kathy Gibson officiating.  Burial will follow in the Duncan Cemetery. Services are under the direction of the Don Grantham Funeral Home.
Jerry was born Dec. 16, 1934, at Great Bend, Kansas to John and Harriett (Wesley) Messersmith.  He attended Cameron University on a football scholarship and obtained his Associates Degree in Business Management.  He married Yvonna Jean Gill on August 8, 1953 in Duncan and served 35 years with Halliburton Services as a welder then as Director of Personnel.
Jerry has been a member of the First United Methodist Church since 1964, serving in numerous capacities.  He was also a past member of Jaycee's, Elk Lodge and enjoyed helping with Christians Concerned.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 64 years, Yvonna Messersmith; four children, Gil Messersmith and wife Sunnie, Renee Messersmith, Guy Messersmith and wife Patty all of Duncan, and  Greg Messersmith and wife Elizabeth of Belmont, CA; one brother, Teddy Nichols and wife Marjorie of Dallas, TX; a sister, Kay Morgan and husband Wendall of Yukon, OK; and a sister-in-law, Dot Nichols of Amarillo, TX; eight grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and close friends.
Jerry was preceded in death by his father, John Messersmith and his mother and step-father Harriett and Thomas Bertrum Nichols; two brothers, Terry Nichols and Jerry Nichols; a daughter-in-law, Tammi Messersmith; and two grandchildren, Jerrad Messersmith and Nickki (Messersmith) Barnes.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association.
There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.granthamfuneralhomes.com.
Published on August 30, 2017
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