Visitation Information:

October 6th, 2019 at 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Memorial Park East Funeral Home Braselton Chapel
5257 Green Street Hwy.53 Braselton, GA 30517

Service Information:

October 6th, 2019 at 03:00 PM
Memorial Park East Funeral Home Braselton Chapel
5257 Green Street Hwy.53 Braselton, GA 30517

Mr. Gerald James Rager, 85

Our loving dad and grandpa, Gerald James Rager, ”Jerry,” 85, of Hoschton, Georgia passed away surrounded by all of his children and their families on Sunday, September 29, 2019.


Dad was born on November 11, 1933 in Sioux City, Iowa to the late Paul and Marie Rager.


He was schooled at Sioux City Central High School and Morningside College. He competed nationally and internationally in model airplane competitions as a teenager and continued the hobby into his later years. He served in the armed forces during the Korean War and is a member of the VFW Post #8452. He worked at Sioux City Engineering and Architectural Firms in the 1950’s and 1960’s. During the 1970’s and 1980’s, he worked as a contractor and homebuilder in Sioux City and served as past presidents of the Sioux City Construction League and Homebuilders Association of Sioux City. He is a former member of the Sertoma Club of Sioux City, a former Planning and Zoning Commission Member, a member of the Tyrian Lodge #508 A.F. and A.M., a member of the Sioux City Consistory Scottish Rite, a member of the Abu Bekr Shrine, and served as a board member for the Boys Club of Sioux City. Dad and Mom are members of Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church in Dacula, Georgia and loved visiting with friends and family at their home in an active retirement community in Hoschton, Georgia. Dad knew the Lord Jesus so it brings comfort knowing his final home probably has him building homes and model airplanes on the golden streets of Heaven.


He is survived by his loving wife, Betty A. Greenwood of Akron Iowa, whom he married in June of 1957 in Sioux City, Iowa. He is also survived by his brother, Mike, of Sioux City, three children and their spouses, Randy and Deborah, Brenda and Jay, Jeff and Pat. He has seven grandchildren and one granddaughter-in-law: Jason, Ben, Jessica, Mark, Grace, Owen, Holly, and Sarah.



A visitation will be held at Memorial Park Funeral Home Braselton on Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. with a Celebration of Life service in the chapel at 3:00 p.m. The Reverend Jason Mincey of Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church will be officiating.



In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Dementia Society of America at


Memorial Park Funeral Home Braselton Chapel, 5257 Green Street Hwy 53, Braselton, Georgia 30517 is in charge of arrangements.

Send online condolences to

Condolences 7
Ayla 2019-10-02 10:45:27
Jeff and family... Your father sounds like he was a remarkable man. Wishing you and your family comfort and peace in the days and months ahead. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Ayla
Jay Crossman 2019-10-02 13:51:02
I celebrate a life well lived and Gerald's victory of an eternal dwelling with his Lord and savior. May Gods loving and comforting embrace wrap around the entire family during their time of grief. I pray, over time, the awesome memories outweigh the void left behind.
tom and donajean bures 2019-10-03 19:27:31
HELLO DEAR BETTYANN RANDY BRENDA JEFF and FAMILIES! Our hearts go out to you all as we understand how difficult it is to lose our dad! Uncle jerrys obituary was in the sioux city journal today and that was so much appreciated as i looked at jerrys smile i still felt all your emotions! my love to all! god bless donajean and all
Mike McFarland 2019-10-04 10:20:00
It has been my pleasure to serve Betty and Gerald when they visited Chick-fil-A Braselton. Gerald will surely be missed. Praying for you family and your loss.
Kimberly & Chuck Kampmann 2019-10-04 21:31:13
Dearest Aunt Betty Ann and family, We send our loving prayers for you. Biggest Hugs to you all.♡
Merrylee Cohen Kandel 2019-10-05 10:07:48
Dear Brenda and family, Your father was a visionary in his field. I remember several of the homes he built (and you lived in) in Sioux City. You were a family I always admired! May the memory of your father always bring a smile to all who knew him. Merrylee Cohen Kandel
Shirley Wilkie Ross 2019-10-06 13:51:03
Betty Sending loving prayers to you and your family for your loss of Jerry. He was like a part of our class of 1958. My thoughts are with you. Shirley Ross
All condolences must be reviewed by the staff of Memorial Park Funeral Home before it is published. Any condolence that contains negative comments or serve to promote an agenda will be rejected.