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GERALD EDWARD BORTVIT Gerald "Jerry" Edward Bortvit passed away peacefully at Sierra Vista Assisted Living on March 21, 2019 in Victorville, Calif. at the age of 90. Jerry was born on May 5, 1928 in Graettinger, Iowa to Nels and Bertha Bortvit, who were farmers that immigrated from Norway. As a young child, Jerry attended school and worked with his family on the farm. At the age of 10, he was deeply saddened when his father passed away. He continued to help his mother keep the farm going and attended Graettinger High School until the 9th grade. During WWII, he was needed on the farm while his brothers were serving in the war. He also joined the army at age 17 and was honorably discharged when the war ended. Jerry is survived by his wife of 70 years, Iva; sons, Timothy (Judy) Scott, Dan (Tammy) Joe, and Jeff Bortvit; daughters, Terrie Livreri (Mike), Debbie Crawford, Linda Warner, Lisa Woodward (Jay), Julie Provansal (Joe); his 24 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Thelma Best and Lynette Murray; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his 10 siblings; his daughter, Jennifer Marie Bortvit; and his granddaughter, Tamera Dee Vordermann. A memorial viewing and service was held at Arlington Mortuary in Riverside on April 8. Jerry was honored at Riverside National Cemetery where he was laid to rest with a reception that followed at California Citrus State Historic Park. The family gratefully appreciates your thoughts and prayers. Condolences and memories are welcome at www.arlingtonmortuary.com.
Published in Pahrump Valley Times on Apr. 12, 2019
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