Jerry attended the Oak Grove one-room schoolhouse until the eighth grade, and then he attended and graduated from Cabool High School. He then attended Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.
On November 20, 1964, Jerry was united in marriage to Joyce Adkison in Mountain Grove. Then they bought the farm where they raised their family as well as hogs and beef cattle. Two children were born to this union, Jason and Julie. On Sunday, November 20, 2016, they had their 52nd wedding anniversary together.
He worked for over 30 years at Brown Shoe Company in both Mountain Grove and Cabool. He worked on the assembly line and then he advanced and became the sewing machine repairman until the closing of Brown Shoe Company.
Jerry owned and operated a dump truck for over 40 years hauling gravel, dirt, and equipment. He enjoyed attending bluegrass jam sessions, farm shows, antique tractor shows, auctions, and telling jokes. He was a member of Ozarks Older Iron Club where he was recently awarded an honorary lifetime membership. Jerry was also a member of the Farm Bureau, First Baptist Church in Cabool, and he was on the board of Mountain Grove Rural Fire Department.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ira and Leona Vandivort.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joyce, of their home; his son, Jason and wife Lacy of Elsberry, Missouri; his daughter, Julie and husband Jared of Mountain Grove; three grandchildren, Faith Davis, age 7, Jacob Vandivort, age 6, and Lexie Vandivort, age 4; one sister, Joy Case and husband Larry of Fredericksburg, Virginia; and one brother, Bobby Vandivort; as well as nieces, nephews, and many friends who will miss him.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Joe Ben Whetstine officiating. David Splain, Edwin Rogers, Lonnie Holt, Dick Bressie, Keith Koehn, and Eric Cooper served as pallbearers. Song selections were “I’ll Fly Away” with “In The Garden” and “Amazing Grace” rendered by the Mennonite Choir. Burial is in Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to Ozarks Older Iron Club c/o the funeral home.