Obit: Hernando K. Jerome

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal

Hernando K. Jerome, 32, of Tokio, N.D., began his journey to the Spirit World on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at his home, rural Tokio.

 A Wake will be held at the WoodLake/Tokio Recreation Center, Tokio on Thursday, August 8 beginning at 5 p.m. with a prayer service and time of remembrance at 7 p.m.  The procession to Tokio will leave at 4 p.m. on Thursday from Wal-Mart

Funeral services for Hernando will be on Friday, August 9 at 10 a.m. at the Recreation Center with Pastor Kevin Kaufmann officiating.  Hernando will be laid to rest with his relatives at the Bdecan Presbyterian Cemetery, rural Tokio.

Active pallbearers for Hernando will be Blaine LeftBear, Gary Owlboy, Dayson Jackson, Alfred ?Jesse? Jackson, Bennett BlackBird, Kyle Redfox, Norman BlackBird, Austin Smith and Jerome Neeland. Honorary bearers will be Megan Jackson, Glen Wallace, Rock Baer Sr., Craig Estenson, Randy Gleason, Lisa and Norman BlackBird and family, Bonnie LeftBear and family, Susan LeftBear and family, Roberta and Kashton Keja and family, Ramona LeftBear and family, Maxine Paul and family, Nicole Longie and family, Francis and Lily Owlboy and family, Bonnie Owlboy and family, Sherri, Angie, Shey and Jerome Neeland, Waylon Longie, Curtis Longie, Gary Longie Sr. and family, Elizabeth Kay Redfox and family, Alberta Redfox and family, Joel Redfox and family, Erich Longie and family, Sally Alberts and family, Tyler Redfox, Jeff Whiteshield, Fabian Lohnes, Donald Yali, Jeff Lenoir, Tyson Redfox, Jake Redfox, Debbie and Russell Guy and family, Todd Belgarde and family, Sharon Georgeson and family, Delano McKay, Myron Azure, Dee Demarce, Wesley BirdHorse Sr. Jay Joramo, Joey Thumb and Adrian (Angie Greschi) Frederick. If we forgot someone, please forgive us, it was not intentional.  We have lost someone very special to us all.

 Hernando Kurt was born on August 28, 1980 at Devils Lake, N.D., the son of Debra Marie Jerome and Greg Demarrias.  He grew up in the Tokio area and attended Warwick High School.  He received his GED through Lake Region State College.

Amongst his many titles, he was a very good carpenter in which he had a passion for building.  He worked on many building projects all around the area.  Hernando attended college at the Cankdeska Cikana Community College at Fort Totten where he was pursuing a certificate in Carpentry.  He was also involved with many outdoor activities, taking walks, swimming, camping at Turtle River, which he loved, where he and his family went every summer.  He enjoyed spending time with his children and family.

Hernando, was next to the word beautiful, inside and out.  He was a man with many titles. He was a father, brother, uncle, friend, relative, and also a companion.  He also went by the nickname of ?Hernz? to his friends and ?Nando? to those close to him.  Hernando was a good father with so much patience and kindness.  He was also a very good companion sharing many conversations about life.  Most of all he was a kind, gentle man who always had a big smile on his face. Hernando was also very kind and gentle to animals as well.  Although he faced many hardships he was a beautiful man in the midst of it all, teaching people lessons in their lives as well as his own in the most intimate and gentle way.

 Hernando leaves to mourn his passing, his loving family.  His children, Ethan Jaidouglas Jerome and Shaliyah Pearl Jerome; sisters, Amanda (Sheldon) Jerome, Raeann (Delano) Jerome, Chrystal (Jesse) LeftBear, Angela (Tracy) Wren and Allyson (Corey) Bartlett;  brother, David Wee; adopted sister, Kara Longie; father, Greg Demarrias; step father, Solomon LeftBear;  aunts, Bonnie Jerome, Jodi Handley of Marietta, Ga., Candace Lightning, Joy (Davey) Davidson, Tammy (Elsten) Lightning of Hobbema, Alberta, Canada and Leila ?Chepa? Owlboy; uncles, Gabe Smith, Gregory (Kelly) Demarrias, Gary Demarrias, Jay (Jan) Demarrias and Matthew Demarrias; nieces, Taniya, Taleya and Teagan Redfox, Shakira Meade, Monae Mendoza, Brielle Ramirez, Jacenya Jackson, Angel Wren, Danielle, Anna and Miranda Bartlett; nephews,  Talin Redfox, Hansome BirdHorse, Wesley BirdHorse Jr., Weston BirdHorse, Délante McKay, Felipe Mendoza Jr., Sam LeftBear and Alex Wren; cousins,  John Lightning, Lawrence Lightning, Chastity Lightning, Destiny Davidson, Ashley Demarrias, Brent (TJ) Demarrias, Barry (Miranda) Demarrias, Sam Merrick Jr., Val George Merrick, Lydell Merrick, Melvine (TJ) Reierson, Mardell (Phil) Lewis, Dana (Myron) Azure, Samantha (Miguel) Martinez, Maressa Baer, Rock Baer Jr., Brent Demarrias, Barry  Demarrias, Shane, Devon, Valerie, Tania, Aaron and Jayleen Lightning; special friend, Denise Frederick and her daughters, Jewel Azure, Jaylee Azure and Destri Frederick.  

Those who preceded Hernando to the Spirit World are his mother, Debbie; sister, Jami Jerome; grandparents, Robert ?Bob? Olson, Nancy Owlboy Olson, Darlene Jerome, Marlene and Marvin Anderson Sr.; uncles, Mark Demarrias, and Marvin Anderson Jr.; aunt, Valerie Demarrias and cousin, Grant Davidson.   

Friends may sign the online register book and share memories of Hernando at

Gilbertson Funeral Home, Devils Lake, is in charge of arrangements.