Jerome was born in Sibley, IA on November 9, 1933. He graduated from Sibley High School in 1951, where he lettered all four years in sports. Jerome grew up attending the First Baptist church in Sibley.
Jerome was united in marriage to Arlene Kanengieter in 1952. He worked various jobs throughout his life and spent over twenty years working for UPS before retiring in 2001 at the age of 67.
Jerome was a big fan of Nascar and keeping up on sports, especially following the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Twins games. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting, particularly pheasants and deer, with his friends. Jerome was also very fond of spending time with his grandchildren.
Grateful for sharing his life are his children, Jeff Kuiper (Teri) from Marshall, MN, Jerolyn (Scott) Huisenga from Sibley, IA, Jeremy (Jeannine) Kuiper from Sioux Falls, SD, and Andrea (Lonny) Bucher from Hartford, SD, his sisters, Delores (Harold) Hanke and Shirley (John) Dekkenga, his grandchildren, Jackie, Blaine, Miranda (Michael) Jurrens, Caitlin Stewart, Shelby Huisenga, Andrew (Lisa) Schager, Jordan, Ashley, Jocelyn, Kenzie, Rachel, and Taryn, his great grandson, Raife, and a special friend, Kathy Eich.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a great grandson, Cooper.