Jerry A. Orchanian
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ORCHANIAN, Jerry A.Age 61, Mt. Juliet, passed away October 4, 2008. Mr. Orchanian was the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Middle Tennessee. He has worked in the Nashville area for about 14 years training storm spotters across Middle Tennessee and making weather safety presentations to prepare citizens and local officials for severe weather. Mr. Orchanian was preceded in death by parents, Manase and Rose Orchanian. He is survived by wife of 26 years, Patricia Orchanian; brothers, John (June) Orchanian and Leroy (Gina) Orchanian; and sister, Grace (Jack) Karian. Funeral services for Mr. Orchanian will be held Wednesday, October 8th at 11 a.m. at Victory Baptist Church, Mt. Juliet, TN with Bro. Chuck Groover officiating. Interment will follow the service at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens with family and friends serving as Pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers are Mr. Orchanian's co-workers at the NOAA-National Weather Service. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday, October 7th from 5 - 8 p.m. at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church. Arrangements by SELLARS FUNERAL HOME AT MT JULIET, 2250 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122, 615-758-5459, Obituary Line, 615-758-8818, www.

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Published in The Tennessean on Oct. 5, 2008.
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October 20, 2008
Jerry conducted my first ever storm spotter class! After I became a meteorologist, I then had the occasional opportunity to interact with Jerry on a professional level and was always appreciative of his assistance and professionalism. The NWS lost a great WCM with Jerry's passing.
Mike Grogan
October 20, 2008
Its a pleasure for me to say nice things about Jerry. Because they all are true. Like everyone else the sudden passing of Jerry was a shock, but Our Lord needed him so he is now in Heaven with God. Jerrys wife Patricia is my Aunt. I call her "tree" a nickname of course. Jerry was so much like my former husband that passed almost to the day 4 years ago. Im sure that they are having very interesting conversations together now. God has two special friends now to keep him company. Take care Aunt Tree we will talk soon. Love Debbie
Debbie Khoury
October 15, 2008
When people talk about "all around good guys" Jerry was someone who fell into that category. Because of that, I consider myself very fortunate to have been able to able to work with Jerry on Storm Data and warning verification for the last 9 and a half years.

When I found out that Jerry had colon cancer, I was shocked and saddened. I had just lost my best friend, Uncle Charlie to colon cancer just a few months prior. Cancer had stricken another one of the "good guys" in my life. From that point forward, Jerry and his family didn't leave my thoughts and well wishes. Soon thereafter, I was walking in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. I made sure that my team walked a few laps thinking about Jerry and sending some positive vibes down there as he bravely battled cancer. I will continue that tradition and gladly walk in his memory from here on out.

My condolences go out to his wife, family, and friends who stood by his side through the good times and bad.

We'll miss you Jerry O! :(
Brent MacAloney
October 8, 2008
Jerry taught storm-spotter class that I participated in. He was a great person. Prayers go to the family. I'm sorry for your loss
October 7, 2008
One of my best of the Christmas party was Jerry. He always wore that Santa hat. I was shocked when my dad told me about him passing. I am truly sorry for your loss.
Brett Steigerwaldt
October 7, 2008
We at the NWS office in Nashville were all shocked at Jerry's passing. We knew he had been sick, but we were hopeful of his eventual recovery and return to work in the not too distant future.

Jerry and I arrived at the office nearly at the same time back in 1994 as I remember it, when the office was starting to gear up to become a full-fledged forecast office for Middle Tennessee. We both assisted in the so-called office "spinup activities" to become a forecast office.

Because of Jerry's recent illness, he had been out of the office somewhat frequently due to operations, recuperation and doctor visits. Now however, his permanent absence will be hard indeed to bear. It's going to be a somewhat lonely place for awhile without Jerry's jovial nature to help liven things up at the office.

I'll miss those times when we went out on storm surveys together and I learned more about surveying from him. I'm going to miss his weather expertise and quite frankly, Jerry just being around. He was truly a "good guy" and will be hard to replace! But as much as we miss him already, he is certainly now in a better place indeed.
Henry Steigerwaldt
October 7, 2008
Patty and family, our thoughts and prayers are with. It was a great pleasure knowing and working with Jerry, both as a co-worker for 13 yrs. in CRW and 14yrs. as WCM in the Srn Rgn. My easy going friend, keep an eye on us!
Barry Gooden
October 7, 2008
I met Jerry about 30 years ago when I went to work as a secretary at the Charleston, WV, Weather Forecast Office. I felt very uncomfortable in my new job, but Jerry made me feel welcome by being so friendly and nice. I couldn't have been more pleased when, later, he and my sister met, fell in love, and got married. He has been a terrific brother-in-law. I will miss him and the good times we all shared.
Helen Simpson
October 7, 2008
I am very sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. We had the pleasure of meeting Jerry a few times he was a good man & he will be missed!
Ali Pettifer Bryan Peterson
October 6, 2008
I was honored to be trained in Weather Spotting by Jerry over a number of years. His service to Middle TN and his desire to talk to each person in class created a community of Spotters. Even when there were only 2-3 people for class he has a positive attitude and a GENTLEMAN...

He will be missed.

Steve Haber, Amateur Radio Operator
TN ARRL District 5 Emergency Coordinator
TN Army MARS Interoperablity Officer AAM4ITN
Bedford County, Petersburg, TN
Steve Haber
October 6, 2008
Jerry was always such an upbeat person ready to help everyone. He helped me when I was young with my Trigonometry. I know I couldn't have passed without his tutoring! :) Beyond that, he was always fun to be around--always joking and finding the humor in life. Most of all, I am thankful that he married my aunt Patricia and that they enjoyed 26 beautiful years together. They were 2 of a kind, and were perfect together! I know that his passing will be especially difficult to her, but she knows that they will be reunited in heaven. I'm sure that he's having a great time right now reuniting with his/our family!
Lori Davis (his niece)
October 6, 2008
Mr. William Brantley from Bemis , Tn . I send my Sympathy to Mr. Jerry A. Orchanian - my prayer`s go out to his Family and Friend`s.
William Brantley
October 6, 2008
I am so sad to hear about Jerry's passing. He worked at my dad's office and from what I heard was a great person to be around. My thoughts go out to his family.
Russ Vannozzi
October 6, 2008
Uncle Jerry I am going to miss you. Please say Hey to my mom when you see her..and give her a hug. Tell Gwendelynne mommy loves her. I am so sorry this stupid damn disease had to take your life as it has taken many others. I love you and I will miss you...see you one day. Love--ashley
Ashley Hlebak
October 6, 2008
Jerry was an educator who provided a valuable service to our community teaching both children and adults about weather safety and trained countless storm spotters. I don’t know that many people who have touched more lives than Jerry. He will be missed by many.
Brian Shoemaker
October 6, 2008
Jerry will be greatly missed in the weather office. His smile and pleasant demeanor added a positive influence every day. His love for God, Pat, and his job were evident in everything he did. Fajitas on Thursday in heaven!
Ralph Troutman
October 6, 2008
I'd only met Jerry briefly, but I always thought that this would be a great guy to work with. He was very personable. I sense of loss from not knowing him in life and now in his passing. My prayers are with the family!
Eddie Holmes
October 6, 2008
My sympathy goes out to Jerry's family and his co-workers at the NWS-Nashville.

I've attended his classes for Storm Spotter training. I found him to be a knowledgable meteorologist, interesting, and all around good guy.

He will be greatly missed.

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn, For They Will Be Comforted.
~Matthew 5:4
Michael Detwiler
October 6, 2008
I worked with Jerry in the late 1970s at the Charleston, WV, Weather Forecast Office. I always liked hearing his thick New York accent and enjoyed working with him because of his easy-going manner and his interest in learning about weather phenomena common in West Virginia. My sympathies go to his family.
Dan Berkowitz
October 6, 2008
I was so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. I did an intership under Jerry
at the Weather Service and he was very supportive and kind to me. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Jason Young
Jason young
October 6, 2008
I worked with Jerry for 13+ years, and often called him "Father O." I can't say enough about him. Easygoing and a pleasure to have around the office.
Mark Rose
October 5, 2008
Jerry was not only a great co-worker, but a wonderful and great friend. He will be greatly missed. We know he is in heaven talking about weather! Pat, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mike and Lela Davis
October 5, 2008
Katy and I are saddened to hear of Jerry's passing. I worked with Jerry in Charleston, WV. Patty,our thoughts and prayers are with you and Jerry. God Bless.
Ken Mack
October 5, 2008
Jerry was my uncle and I am so sad. I really thought he was such a good man and had always been so good to aunt Tree. I'll never forget him.
melody ryan
October 5, 2008
Jerry will be greatly missed. I was lucky enough to be present at several of the many trainings that Jerry gave to the public. He will greatly missed.
KG4NRA Scott Anderson
October 5, 2008
We are very saddened to hear of Jerry's passing. Over the years, he has greatly added to our understanding of meterology and of the necessity to assist our neighbors through the NWS by assisting in reporting information during weather events. His influence, and gentle manor in teaching was rare. We are thankful to have known and worked with Jerry and his collegues.

Keith Miller N9DGK
Emergency Coordinator
Heart of Tennessee Amateur Radio Service
Rutherford County, Tennessee
Keith Miller
October 5, 2008
Sorry for your loss. Jerry was a fine person and an easy person to work with.
Mike Girodo
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