Gerald Dotson Riser
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August 9, 1948 - September 12, 2013
Jerry passed away Thursday peacefully in his Merced home.
Born in Oakland, he spent his younger years in Newman and Merced. Following a tour of duty in Vietnam with the U.S. Army, Jerry spent years in South Lake Tahoe in a variety of enterprises. He returned to Merced to care for his mother.
Gerald was preceded in death by his father, Creed Dotson Riser; mother, Imelda "Dode" Gunn; son Gerald (Jay Dallas) Riser; brother Martin Riser, and stepfather John Gunn.
Survivors include his granddaughter Malea "Mimi" Boss of Auburn; sister Melanne Schlichting of Chico; brothers Dan Riser and Patrick Gunn of Merced and brother John Gunn of Castroville.
He was an avid sports fan for all of his 65 years, and became a gardening enthusiast late in life.
A memorial Mass for Jerry and his mother Dode is set for Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Stockton, CA at 11 a.m. Jerry's "Tahoe family" plans a memorial in November.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hinds Hospice of Merced. Their loving care was truly appreciated.
Burial will be in the San Joaquin Valley Veterans Cemetery.
Published in Merced Sun Star on Sept. 21, 2013