Jerry Levanger, 66, died on May 22, after a battle with myelodysplasia.
He was born on June 7, 1943, in Nampa, Idaho, to Ross and Doris Levanger.
Levanger spent his childhood in Homedale, Idaho. In 1952, he moved to Juntura, where he ranched until 1965. He then moved to Cow Valley, with his new wife, Nancy. He later moved to Vale to continue ranching.
Levanger’s first son, JR, was born in 1966. His second son, John was born in 1967 and his daughter, Billy, arrived in 1970. The family continued ranching in the Vale area. In 1990, he joined the Oregon Brand Department, where he continued to work until his death.
Levanger loved being on the ranch and being with his family — his wife, kids and grandsons. Some of his best days were spent with his grandsons Charlie and John. No matter what the kids wanted to do, he was there for them — riding the horse, driving the tractor and hunting deer — he always had time for the kids.
Levanger is survived by his wife, Nancy; son, JR; daughter, Billy and husband Chris; grandsons, Charlie and John; and brother, Joe.
He was preceded in death by his son, John; brother, Bill; and his parents.
The Rosary will be at the Vale Catholic Church on Wednesday, May 26, at 7 p.m. A funeral will be at the Vale Catholic Church, Thursday, May 27, at 11 a.m. There will be lunch following the funeral. Burial will be in Ironside at 3 p.m.
Lienkaemper-Thomason Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.