Jonathan B. Duerst
November 29, 1965 – March 27, 2021
Jonathan Bryan Duerst, 55, of Greeley, passed away Saturday, March 27, 2021. He was born in Denver, Colorado on November 29, 1965 to Donald Duerst and Katherine “Kitty” Miller.
The Duerst family moved to Evergreen, Colorado in 1967, where Jon attended Wilmot and Parmalee Elementary, Evergreen Junior High and received his GED with Job Core in Trapper Creek, Montana in 1982.
Jon was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 28 years, Marilyn Duerst on November 22, 2019, his dad, Donald Roy Duerst in May 2018, sister, Debra Sue Duerst in 1983 and Shawna Niece, his ex-wife and mother of Isaac “Jake” in 2009.
He is survived by his loving son, Jake Duerst; step-son, Levi Niece; mother, Katherine “Kitty” and her twin sister, Peggy Briles; older sister, Margaret Christensen; Troy (Madison) Allen as well as many more extended family members.
As a child, Jon always had an abundant amount of energy and often got in to mischief. He and his schoolmates would terrorize motorists as they practically dodged cars on old Cliff Road. Jon loved taking things apart and as a little boy he would stay out of trouble as long as he had something to take apart.
Jon loved his job as a Senior Mechanic at the JBS Hide Plants. He talked about this machine and that machine as if they were buddies. He always declared ownership of his work and was very proud and good at it. His expertise will be missed.
Jon loved dogs, especially little Bandit, who died in his arms a few months ago. He also loved his Fords and had a love-hate relationship with his Ford Pinto, that accompanied him for over 10 years. Jon enjoyed listening to Country Western music, especially Willie Nelson, spending time with his family, hiking and camping.
He was easy going, kind and willing to help anyone. He had the ability to stay happy, to laugh at himself and to live life with joy.
His family remembers his huge hugs and open heart. He was never judgmental and was a kind and gentle soul. He was wonderful with children and lived life’s highs and lows and triumphed over adversity.
He will be greatly missed!
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 16, 2021 at Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 W. 28th St., Greeley. Please visit www.StoddardSunset.com to share your condolences and memories of Jonathan with his family.
Memorials in Jon's name are suggested to benefit the Weld County Humane Society, the Guadalupe Community Shelter and Focus on the Family Ministries.
- Jake Duerst, Son
- Levi Niece, Step-Son
- Katherine "Kitty" Miller, Mother
- Peggy Briles, Aunt
- Margaret Christensen, Sister
- Jonathan is also survived by Troy and Madison and many more extended family members.
Stoddard Funeral Home
Jonathan B. Duerst
Walter, Shari & Garrett Guess
April 1, 2021
Dearest Kitty, Jake. Peggy & Marvin,
It has been such an honor to know Jon and watch him grow up. He is like a brother to me. He turned out to be such a fine man. He cared so much for others and made everybody feel important. Like others, we have shared many meals, good times and games of Rummikub. I always admired so much how he took such great care of Marylin for all those years. He sure loves his family and we know how sorely he will be missed. We know if you pause and get quiet that you will feel him close and we have absolute testimony that you will see him again. This life is challenging but our trials are only temporary. The atonement of Jesus Christ and the great plan of salvation guarantees that we will see him again and live happily forever with those we love for eternity. I know that you will be waiting eagerly for that time. Until then I’m sure the Lord and Jon will watch over you all. We are so very sorry for your great loss and the loss of our dear friend. Sending so much love.
April 1, 2021
I was so blessed to be a part of the home altar church Kitty invited me to on January 24, 2021. And Jon came as well and I'll never forget his eagerness to worship and be together. He seemed so happy and ready to share a lot, so articulate and I really enjoyed visiting with him. He understood the way I was talking about work and suggested I get good shoes as to not get so tired out. His energy was so good and lively and I could have stayed to talk all afternoon! He comes from a family that I adore and he will be greatly missed. God's truth goes marching on and I trust that all the company of heaven welcomes Jon.
March 31, 2021
Kitty, Peggy, Jake and family,
May God's grace and mercy surround you in this time of loss. Jon will be missed by so many. I pray our shared memories will comfort you. I especially remember shared meals and playing Rummikub together afterwards.
I am praying for you.