Gerald Trainor

Gerald Trainor

   Gerald Trainor, age 58, of Faith, SD, passed away on Tuesday morning, June 9, 2020 at the Hospice House in Rapid City, SD.
A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, June 13, 2020 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Faith, SD. The burial followed in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery west of Faith, SD, with the public in attendance while still practicing social distancing guidelines. 
   Gerald “Waldo” Wayne Trainor was born August 11, 1961, in Faith, SD to Wayne and Gloria (Fisher) Trainor. He was the oldest of five children. Gerald lived in Eagle Butte, Spearfish, Dupree, Faith and the Earl Reese place west of town. He went to Faith High School, Class of 1980. His pride and joy was the birth of his son, Derik Thomas Trainor, June 2, 1984.
   Gerald struggled with many health issues and always seemed to come through. He was diagnosed at a young age with Diabetes. The siblings remember trips to Sturgis to see the doctor. Mom would tell us if we were good, she would get us elf pop with lunch. Apparently we weren’t all the time. With his health declining he was put on the transplant list after many tests and screenings.  He dialyzed in Eagle Butte for about 5 years. Then the call came on April 14, 2003, (Marcy’s Birthday), they had a kidney/pancreas. It was bitter sweet. He was flown to Colorado and started the surgery. After many hours, the doctor came out and said, “We hooked it up, it pinked up, and started right away”. The last of his being a fungal sinus infection in April 2020. He was flown to Colorado and had sinus surgery. He came back to Rapid City on May 5th. He spent the next 2 weeks at Marcy’s with Derik at his side, helping in any way that he could. He was then at the Hospice house in Rapid City until the time of his death. These two had a very special bond. Derik was always thinking of his Dad. Gerald would say if it wasn’t for Derik (calling for help) he wouldn’t be here.
   The last couple of years, Gerald and Derik raised a garden. They loved being outside doing things. This year the garden was going to be bigger (emphasize on bigger) and better garden. He would can or freeze all the garden stuff. If he didn’t have the time, he would take it to Marcy to get done. Reminds us all of mom. He would make the best bread, cinnamon rolls, fry bread and of course Christmas candy (with Marcy’s help).
   He supported Derik in his coaching with football and basketball. They traveled to watch Cody and Cole and he was always a big fan of the Faith Longhorns. They were looking so forward to the State Tourney this year. He was hoping to see Trace (RC Christian) play basketball against Faith but of course Trace got injured the night before. He said maybe next year. He will surely be cheering from above. He was also proud to visit about Ty’s running accomplishments to anyone who would listen.
   He loved working with horses and training them. He help his dad on the ranch with teams and loved it. He enjoyed going on wagon trains. He was so excited when Kiah got to go with him on the Faith Centennial Wagon train in 2010.
   Gerald is survived by son, Derik Thomas Trainor, Faith, SD; Sister, Marcy Trainor, Rapid City, SD; two brothers, Rick (LeeAnn) Trainor, Faith, SD and Ryan (Bridget) Trainor, Rapid City, SD; Godchild and Niece, Kiah Trainor, Rapid City, SD; Nephews, Cody (Kady) Trainor and Cole Trainor, Faith, SD; Ty and Trace Trainor, Rapid City, SD. One Godchild, Adela Hulm, Belle Fourche, SD; Uncles – Robert (Godfather) (Lila) Fisher, Faith, SD and Mark Fisher, Delta, CO. Aunts – Betty Hulm, Faith, SD; Dorothy (Godmother) (Lee) Tomac, Keldron, SD; Darlene Hulm, Spearfish, SD; Marilyn (Bill) Ginter, Spearfish, SD; Mona (Randy) Thomas, Faith, SD; Nancy Trainor, Roosevelt, UT; Peggy Trainor, Las Vegas, NV; Kay Trainor, Belle Fourche, SD; and many extended family members.
   Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Gloria, baby brother in 1963; Grandparents – Mark and Anna Fisher and David and Mae Trainor. Uncles – Arlen Hulm, Mike Johnson; Roy Veit; Dale, Neal and Don Trainor. Aunts – Irene Veit and LuBelle Johnson.
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