Gerald (Jerry) William Munro
Gerald W. "Jerry" Munro, born Christmas Eve, 1916 in Bismarck, ND to Gerald E. Munro and Christine Delzer Munro, passed away July 10, 2014 after spending the morning doing what he loved, working at his nursery. He will be remembered for his resilience, his charm, and his love for both people and plants.
A noted landscape designer and pioneering nurseryman who first started raising and selling plants on Seattle's Queen Anne Hill in 1927, Jerry graduated from Queen Anne High where he participated in football, wrestling, and ice hockey. He majored in horticulture-agronomy with a minor in landscaping at Washington State College where he met his future wife, Jean Kathryn Jespersen; while there, he affiliated with Delta Upsilon and was a champion wrestler. He graduated from the University of Washington, where he followed up with graduate-level studies in cytology and cell structure, but he considered himself a life-long Cougar. He served as quality supervisor at Boeing during WWII, before starting his nurseries in Kenmore and Kirkland.
Jerry is predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Jean. He is survived by his children, Karen Edwards, Gerald Kaye Munro (Jean), Kathleen Youngblood, Michael Munro (Irene), William Munro (Cindy), and many grand-, great-grand-, and great-great-grandchildren.
Jerry was an inspiration to all who met him. His plants and landscapes live on in countless homes around Puget Sound. His family is grateful for the care and attention he received from Madison House and the staff at Munro's Nursery.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday July 19 at Kirkland Cemetery, followed by a memorial gathering at Madison House in Totem Lake. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Center for Urban Horticulture.
Published in The Seattle Times from Jul. 15 to Jul. 17, 2014.