Jerry Charles Bertram

In memory of Jerry Charles Bertram, who passed away May 11, 2024. He was born September 14, 1941, in Clovis, New Mexico, to Charles Edward and Lenora May (Zuber) Bertram.

A Graveside Service will be held at Melrose Cemetery, at 9:30 AM, on Saturday, June 29, 2024.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Charles E. Bertram, Jr. (Speck) and Lenora M. Bertram, (née Zuber), his sister, Sharla G. Bertram, his sons, Charles Brent Bertram and Samuel Trevor LeDane Bertram, and his nephew, Christopher L. Bertram.

Jerry is survived by, his brother, Jack and Sharon Bertram (Albuquerque, NM), his son, Kevin and Elaine Bertram (Stone Mountain, GA), his daughter, Delane and Matt McUne (Amarillo, TX), his niece, Jessica Bertram and Jeremy Ehret (Denver, CO), and his grandchildren, Saralyn(Fennic) and Griffin McUne, Julian and Olivian “Livi” Bertram, as well as many other loved ones, including, Peggy, Sheri, Karen, Danny, Emma, Janelle, Jered, Christi, Keith, and Zach.
Jerry Charles Bertram was an amazing father, a caring husband, and a dutiful son. His love for his family was timeless and without bounds. He brought smiles and happiness to so many people, and it has been said on many occasions that he never met a stranger.

Many people knew him as “Santa” or “Santa Jerry”. He loved being Santa’s Helper and spent many days dressed in his suit helping non-profits celebrate the holidays. He would always come with a bag of goodies to hand out to the attendees. He found such joy playing Santa and relished all of the smiling faces.

Jerry loved talking to people and listening to their stories. Learning about their lives was a huge pleasure to him and sharing in their joys and tribulations meant so much to him. Jerry took a very active part in learning about his own heritage as he studied genealogy later in life. Not only did he learn of his own ancestry, but he also helped many others discover their own past through conversations and correspondences that he engaged in. His was a life of learning.

As a voracious reader, Jerry’s library was extensive, and he passed his love of learning on to his children and his grandchildren. When a question was asked of him, he would not stop until he had an answer. He not only delighted in the discovery of new knowledge but also in the wonder that accompanied the young mind that he was able to inform.

Another love of Jerry’s was the railroad. Whether he was building the tiny N-gauge train model on a table or riding aboard a giant steam driven locomotive from New Mexico up into Colorado and back, trains captured his imagination and transported him to another world.

Jerry always thought the best of others, and he will be dearly missed.

Memorials may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation of America or Shriners Hospitals for Children.


  1. Gary and Gloria Rock

    Jerry you will always be an amazing friend! We will always love you very much!

  2. Anonymous

    Prayers to you the family. I miss seeing him on facebook keeping up on family and friends

  3. Julia Gonzales

    I knew both Jerry and Sharla. My condolences to the family. It has been a good 10 years or longer since I last saw Sharla at Old Timer’s Day in Melrose. It is sad to lose a loved one.

  4. Peggy Sconyers

    Jerry was an amazing man and father. Very dedicated to his family also. ❤️❤️❤️

  5. Tim Bertram

    Thank you for sharing

  6. Anonymous

    Tim Bertram I miss our discussions

  7. Patrick Newman

    Condolences… very nice man…

  8. Sug King

    Thank you, Jerry, for your sunshine & your flowers! I will miss them & you. PTL, you are now in heaven where you can have all the flowers you like in your garden there. So glad we got reconnected in these last years.

    Thank you for your prayers. You were a real blessing & Godsend to me.

    Luv U, Sug (Rolen) King

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