Jerry Thomas Darter

December 31, 1930 — December 14, 2021

Jerry Thomas Darter, 90, of Havre, Montana passed away at home on Dec. 14, 2021.

Jerry was born Dec. 31, 1930 in Sikeston, Missouri, to Harrison and Lillia Darter, the second youngest of seven boys and one girl.

After high school, Jerry spent seven years in the armed forces. The day he left the military he met the love of his life, Eleanor, and the couple married Sept. 29, 1956. He always loved to tell the story of how they met and how she changed his life.

They moved to Minnesota where he attended St Paul Bible College and graduated with a BA in history and theology. There he began his career as a pastor for the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.

Together Jerry and Eleanor had three children, Erica, Darla and Richard. As a family, they moved wherever the Lord called them. Jerry pastored churches in Minnesota, Florida, Michigan, and Montana.

When the couple decided to leave Montana, they moved to Arizona and California where Jerry owned his own cleaning business. They chose to move back to Montana where they briefly lived in Cut Bank, owning and operating The Corner Motel. They settled eventually in Fairview where Jerry worked as a teacher aid with handicapped young people at the Fairview school in the woodworking shop which he loved.

After retiring, they chose to move to Rudyard where Jerry spent his spare time woodworking and playing pool in his basement. He loved to grow a garden and spent his time with Eleanor and his two beloved dogs, Curley and Bert.

He always looked forward to Sunday as it was important to him to attend church and express his strong, faithful relationship with God. He was proud of reading the Bible through every year at least once, if not more.

After his wife died in November 2019, Jerry’s family convinced him to move back to Havre so that his daughter, grandkids and great grandkids could spend more time with him and eventually take care of him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Darter; parents; and all of his siblings.

Jerry is survived by his children, Erica (Paul) Mueller of Fairview, and Darla Owens and Richard (Kathy) Darter, all of Havre; eight grandchildren- Josh and Lauren (Kevin) Mueller of Fargo, North Dakota, Philip (Alyssa) Mueller of Watford City, North Dakota, Julie (Robert) Sparks, Christopher and Amanda Owens of Havre, and Garrett and Abbie Smith of Havre; and nine great-grandchildren- Brooklyn and Skylin Barber, Harper and Nolan Mueller, Noah Barrett, Kåodi and Lexi Sparks, Leighton Owens, and MacKenzie St Marks.

Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, in Highland Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at the Community Alliance Church.

Jerry’s family has suggested memorial donations be made in his memory to the Havre Animal Shelter or the Havre Community Alliance Church.

Holland & Bonine Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements. Please visit Jerry’s online memorial page and leave a message of condolence for his family at

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