Gerald Allen “Jerry” Hornsby Jr., son of Gerald Hornsby Sr. and Jannette Kay Sieck Hornsby, was born March 22, 1965, in Iowa City, Iowa.
Jerry grew up in Perry and graduated high school in 1983.
He worked as a bridge builder for a heavy equipment operator and helped make the Avenue of Saints.
Jerry loved having a good time, hanging out with friends, fishing, scrapping, working on cars and tinkering.
He met Keisha Marie Kopecky 20 years ago, but life had set for them different paths. It wasn’t until 18 years later when they found each other again, and six months later they were united in marriage on July 13, 2019, at Squirrel Hollow, where they had their first date 20 years before.
Jerry died Jan. 9, 2022, with his love by his side and surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Grand Junction, Iowa.
He is preceded in death by his father Gerald Sr.; grandma, Irene Hornsby; grandma, Ruth Hoffman; step-grandpa, Bud Hoffman; and good friend, Anthony “Buckwheat” McCain.
Jerry is survived by his wife Keisha of Grand Junction; mother, Jannette Hornsby of Madrid; daughters, Katarina (Clayton) Goodrich of Butte, Montana, and Larissa Hornsby (Josh Snyder) of Panora; son, Conar Hornsby of Des Moines; step-son, Dylan Boude of Grand Junction; grandchildren, Kaisley and Kaine Goodrich; sisters, Charmalee (Rusty) White of Dawson and Christine Moran of Madrid; uncle, Lyle Hoffman of Guthrie Center; aunt, Deb McAllister of Grand Junction; father-in-law, Randy (Jodi) Kopecky of Farnhamville; mother-in-law, Peggy (Paul) Smits of Jefferson; sister-in-law, Tashina Taylor (Mark Burgurt) of Jefferson; cousin, Pam McAllister; very special friends, Ann Yanders, Don Caldwell, Greg (Brenda) Phillips, Kevin Kestel, Ron Mulder and Brian Claussen; many nieces and nephews; other relatives; and many friends.
Hastings Funeral Home in Perry is in charge of arrangements.