Jerome George ‘Jerry’ Leech

Jerome George ‘Jerry’ Leech

Sept. 1, 1943 – May 7, 2023

Shoshoni resident Jerome George “Jerry” Leech, 79, died May 7, 2023, at Hot Springs Health in Thermopolis, Wyoming. At the time of his death he was presently residing at Thermopolis Rehabilitation and Wellness in Thermopolis.

One of three children of James and Gertrude (Dlugosh) Leech, he was born Sept. 1, 1943, in Torrington, Wyoming. Growing up on a ranch in Lucerne, Wyoming, he graduated from Thermopolis High School in 1961. He earned a botany degree in 1965 from the University of Wyoming.

On May 6, 1965, he married Sandra Corley, and two children were born to this union. The couple later divorced. He married Jacqueline “Jackie” Eversole on Dec. 16, 1977, in Elko, Nevada, which blended her family of four with Jerry’s two children.

Jerry worked as a tower guard at the Wyoming Historical Penitentiary in the ‘60s and early ‘70s. He became a diesel mechanic and shop foreman for Halliburton Services in Rawlins and Casper. Following, he was a shop foreman for Rip Griffin Travel Centers in Rawlins, Barstow, California, and New Braunfels, Texas. 

Retiring in 2005, he moved to Lovell. Jerry moved to Shoshoni in 2018 to be near his daughter, Melodi.

A bird watcher, Jerry enjoyed gardening, antique restoration and woodworking, especially canes.

Survivors include his daughter Melodi (Tim) Horrocks of Shoshoni; stepsons Bill Beaulieu of Cassville, Missouri, and Ed Beaulieu of Ventura, California; brother Raymon (Marilyn) Leech of Casper; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jeff, stepson Mike Beaulieu, stepdaughter Malinda Graham, wife Jackie of 36 years and son Wesley Leech.

Cremation has taken place, and Jerry’s family will be having a private family celebration of his life.

Mortimore Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Messages may be shared at