Gerald W. “Jerry” DeBettignies

DeBettignies, Gerald W. “Jerry” Apr 8, 1924 – Jun 7, 2013 Gerald “Jerry” DeBettignies of Omaha, Nebraska, age 89 years, passed away in his sleep early in the morning of Friday, June 7th. He had recovered from a bout of pneumonia in the past few months, but was having continuing trouble breathing. Jerry was born in New Hampton, Iowa, on April 8, 1924. He was the son of Charles and Lucille DeBettignies. Before WWII Jerry briefly served in the FBI, receiving a signed thank you from J. Edgar Hoover. He served as an Army Paratrooper during the war. Jerry started as a salesman and eventually was promoted to Vice President of Sales with the H. D. Lee Company (famous makers of blue jeans) in the Fifth Avenue New York City office. He doubled the sales in territory after territory. Jerry was one of the main forces driving the surging sales and popularity of blue jeans in the 1970s. After his retirement, Jerry served as President of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives). During his tenure, SCORE initiated the Business Development Center, incorporating many cutting edge tools for the time, including computer networks sharing information and tools from around the world. Survived by wife, Ruth A. DeBettignies; daughter, Jean DeBettignies; son, Charles W. DeBettignies (Barbara); 2 granddaughters, Mary May and Brooke; sister, Joan DeBettignies; nephew, Don DeBettignies; cousins, Debbie Bujarski and Msgr. Stephen Orr. The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 12th, from 5pm to 7pm with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm at the West Center Chapel. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Thursday, June 13th at 10:30am, St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 15353 Pacific. Interment, Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society/Nebraska Chapter.

HEAFEY-HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK & CUTLER Mortuaries and Crematories 7805 West Center Road Omaha, Nebraska 68124 (402) 391-3900

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  • Mark Faby Posted August 5, 2018 4:38 pm

    My condolences. I worker with Jerry at the Denver Merchandise mart in the early 80s as a trainee. Thought about on-and-off over the years, wondering what happened to him. Very interesting guy with a no-nonsense attitude when it came to business.

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