Jerome (Jerry) Brothers was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on November 20, 1928. He passed away in Edmonds, Washington, on December 6, 2013. Upon graduating from Anaheim Union H.S. in 1946, he enlisted in the U. S. Army in which he served for 28 years. He was trained as a linguist in both Japanese and Vietnamese, and his duties were primarily in the areas of Military Intelligence and Civil Affairs. His years of service included four tours in Vietnam. It was during his fourth tour in Vietnam that he suffered injuries during a mortar attack which resulted in his temporary blindness and a permanent disability. He was discharged from the Army in 1975. While on active duty Jerry earned a Bachelor's degree in Geography from the University of Washington in 1968. After his discharge he continued his education at the University of Washington and earned a Master's degree in 1977. Jerry then worked for the Social Security Administration until his retirement. While on his first tour in Japan in 1948, Jerry met and married Tsuneko (Sue) Sasaoka. They remained together for 60 years until Sue's death in 2008. Jerry is survived by his son, Tom and Tom's wife, Sherri, and their three children: Jessica, Maggie, and J. T. Jerry is also survived by a great-grandchild, Isabel Fowler, who was warmly welcomed by Jerry less than six months before his death. They all will miss him very much. Jerry celebrated his 85th birthday two weeks before he passed away. He was surrounded by his children and grandchildren at the time of his death. Jerry was always proud of his long military service and so it's fitting that the Tahoma National Cemetery will be his final resting place. There he will be interred next to his beloved wife, Sue.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) on Dec. 29, 2013