Jerome M. Wait, age 78, of Waubay, SD, passed away at a local nursing home following an illness and health issues. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown, SD. Scott Dempster will officiate. The service will be Live-Streamed on our website. Family is requested to meet at the chapel by 10:30 a.m. for a family prayer service.
Visitation will be at the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown on Monday, August 31, 2020, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. and prior to the service at the chapel on Tuesday.
Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Watertown. Military graveside honors will be conducted by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1054. Pallbearers will be: Travis Busskohl, Travis Prohl, Dave Kuipers, Jim Linder and Dave Jerpseth.
Mr. Wait was born on March 22, 1942, in Watertown, SD, to Mr. and Mrs. Jerome F. Wait. He attended school in Watertown, and married Annick A. Doreau on March 14, 1964, in France. He was a Vietnam Veteran, having served in the Army stationed in France. He was given the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Purple Heart. He specialized in being a truck master.
When he left the Army, he came home to be a trucker with Barkley Truck Lines, and then went on to be a painter with his dad and brother in a business that went back 100 years.
Jerome was a member of the American Legion, VFW, and Vietnam Veterans #1054.
He was a member of the First United Methodist church where he was baptized.
Mr. Wait lived in a lot of places: Colorado where he was stationed, in Fort Carson, TX, and later settled in Watertown, SD, where most of his family lived. Later, he moved to a farm in Henry, SD, and then to Florence, SD. After all of his children moved out, he moved to Waubay, SD, where he later worked in Webster at Pat’s Garage and then as a farm hand. With his health issues, he was moved to a living center in Wilmont and then Castlewood. When things got worse, he was moved to Jenkins Living Center, where he passed away.
Jerome is survived by his wife, Annick Wait of Waubay, SD; three daughters: Veronique Stanley Wait and Murial Wait, both of Watertown, SD, and Carole Weikamp, Minot, ND; one son, Jerome M. Wait, Jr., Watertown, SD; 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and granddaughter, Amanda Stanley.
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