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Sept. 27, 1939-Jan. 7, 2019

After a year-long battle with Glioblastoma, Gerald (Jerry) Duane Ohs, age 79, went home to be with the Lord on January 7, 2019. Jerry was born in Malta, Montana on September 27, 1939 to Carl and Sylvia (Swanson) Ohs. He grew up on a ranch near Malta and then moved to Harrison/Pony in 1968 and ranched together with his family.

Jerry put his trust in Jesus at a young age, and his faith directed the course of his life and gave him purpose throughout its many stages. Jerry was a tall man with big hands that could fix just about everything. Those hands turned to many different kinds of work including: inventor, farmer/rancher, mechanic, missionary, carpenter, pilot, captain, singer, cowboy, horseman, hydro-electric owner/operator, chairman of multiple boards, veteran, firefighter, faithful friend, fun grandpa, loving husband and father who led by example. It was his big heart that left an impression on whoever he touched and it seemed as though he knew just about everyone. His face with smiling wrinkles and a twinkle in his eye made it easy for him to make a lasting impression. An engulfing handshake didn’t hurt either.

He was most proud of his work in developing a transportable round mold for the bio-sand filter which is now used to provide clean and life-saving water for families all over the world. His design greatly decreased the cost and weight of the original steel mold. He loved teaching others how to build them in countries including China, Peru, Philippines, Australia, Mexico, Indonesia, and many in Africa.

He can now be found worshiping at the feet of Jesus.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Donna, and his children, Lisa Ramsey (Ron), Laurie Ohs, Dan Ohs (Kyla), LeAnn Bunn, David Ohs (Heather); mother to his children, Glenda Ohs; stepchildren, Deb Wong (Steve) and Jodi Therriault (Jason); and sisters, Karen Wiederrick, Dolores Molgaard. He had several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved dearly.

We want to thank Compassus Hospice, the Bozeman Cancer Center, Dr. May and his staff, and Hyalite Country Care for the care provided.

A service will be held January 12 at the Harrison School Gym at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of gifts and flowers, please consider a donation to: Water for Cameroon, go to or a check can be made out to Water for Camaroon, 28A Pearse Street. Dublin 2 Ireland. A receipt will be sent for all donations (Bio-sand filter). Child Evangelism Fellowship, PO Box 974, Whitehall, MT 59759 website:

the life of: Gerald ‘Jerry’ Ohs, 79
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