A memorial service will be held next spring for 89-year old Gerald Bullard at the Dogie Theatre in Newcastle, Wyo – one of several theaters in the region he owned or had owned.
More information about the May 13, 2021, service is available by contacting any of his 3 children – John, Craig, or Melinda.
Cremation has taken place and Gerald will be inurned next to his wife Judy at the United Methodist Church in Alliance, NE.
Those who wish to honor Gerald may make a donation to the charity of their choosing.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Meridian Mortuary, 111 South Railroad Ave, Newcastle, WY 82701. Condolences may also be expressed at www.meridianmortuary.com
Gerald Bullard was born May 13, 1931, to Cecil Dean and Dora Hildred (Boyd) Bullard in Wister, OK. He passed away on November 3. 2020 at his home in Newcastle, WY, joining his wife Judy and son, Jerry in heaven.
When Gerald was 14, the Bullards moved to Stonewall, OK, where his father purchased The Main Theatre. The Main was where Gerald found two lifelong loves: movies and his wife, Judy.
Gerald married Judy Thompson May 21, 1950. Together, they raised four children: Jerry, John, Craig and Melinda. Gerald and Judy were a “dynamic duo,” running multiple successful businesses and functioning as a true team, both at work and at home.
The couple planned to purchase a movie theatre in Fort Gibson, OK, but it burned down before the sale – leading Gerald to take his first job in the oil field. That work led to a move to Wyoming and the founding of Goodwell, Inc. in 1968 at Upton, WY.
Gerald’s two passions were movie theatres and the oil field, which he worked not only to make a living, but because he loved them.
Gerald and Judy went on to own theatres in Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota including Chadron, Alliance, and Hot Springs. Goodwell Inc and GEJU Theatres played a major role in the lives of the entire family.
Gerald and Judy were nomadic, traveling between their various businesses in Wyoming and Nebraska. After Judy’s death, Gerald returned to Wyoming in 2011 and remained active with the businesses and traveling with his dog Ruby.
Gerald’s passions, outside of movies, were bowling with Judy and fishing with his boys. His fishing trips took him as far away as Canada.
Gerald was preceded in death by his beloved wife Judy, eldest son Jerry, and sister Linda Kay Rowe.
He is survived by his brothers Wayne Bullard (Pat) of Allen, OK, Jimmy Bullard (Marilyn) of Tulsa, OK, sister Sue Herrin of Oklahoma City, OK, sons John Bullard (Susan) of Spearfish, SD, Craig Bullard (Janine) of Alliance, NE, daughter Melinda Powell (David) of Gretna, NE and daughter-in-law Rosalie Bullard of Evans, CO.
He also leaves behind many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be sorely missed by all.