Jerome was born March 29, 1938 on a farm near Bushton, Kansas. He started playing accordion when he was about 12 years old. At the age of 17 or 18, he got an accordion for Christmas. He and his Dad played for dances around the area until he was about 20 years old. He got married and moved to Manhattan, Kansas and began playing with a with a band around that area and sometimes up into Nebraska. That band disbanded in 1972 and he didn’t play much then until he moved to the Kansas City area after retiring.
Marvin Bredemeier, an old friend of his wife, encouraged him to start playing again in about 2010. Now he enjoys playing a couple of tunes with the Stranger Creek at the BK Lounge. He also plays with the Senior Barn Players of KC at nursing homes in the Kansas City area.
He has 2 daughters both living in the Kansas City area. He and Colleen were married in 2004 and live in Overland Park Kansas.