Jerry Eerkes was born in Lynden, Washington on May 27, 1927. He passed away November 8th in Seattle. After graduating from Lynden High School, he served in the Navy in the South Pacific. In 1950 he graduated from the UW in Business Administration, married his college sweetheart, Pam, and moved to the Tri Cities, where he founded Tri-City Oil Company, distributing petroleum products.
Jerry was Kennewick "Man of the Year" in 1976, President of the Tri City Water Follies, Kiwanis, and a charter member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kennewick.
After retiring in 1981, Jerry and Pam moved to Sun River, Oregon, where they enjoyed teaching their grandchildren to ski. In 1994 they moved to the Skagit Valley. Here Jerry could have his expansive collection of antique cars and trucks in a beautiful barn setting. In addition, he was much closer to his beloved Husky stadium. Winters were spent in Indian Wells, CA. After moving to Mirabella in 2009, they reunited with many former college friends.
Jerry had a wonderful life full of family and friends. He will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched and had known his big smile and gentle nature.
He is survived by his loving wife, Pam, son, Craig (Marilee) of Kennewick, daughter, Kristin (Paul) of Seattle, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Many were by his side as he passed peacefully. His son, Jim and granddaughter, Laura, preceded him in death.
A private family burial will be held in Kennewick and a celebration of Jerry's life will be held at Mirabella Retirement Home in Seattle on December 1st.
Published in The Seattle Times from Nov. 17 to Nov. 18, 2012