Jerry passed away suddenly aboard Quantum Leap on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, doing what he loved. His greatest pleasure was cruising the San Juan Islands on Quantum Leap, the pleasure craft he was fortunate enough to acquire in 1997 from former business associate and co-worker Irving Law. Jerry was born January 2, 1943 in Bellingham, WA, the son of Jerrold H. Hohl and Sadie Pearl Hohl (Gooding), grandson of Ross and Blanche Hohl and Ed and May Gooding. His great-grandfather George was the original founder of Hohl Feed & Seed, which remains in operation in Bellingham. He was proud to be a 4th generation Whatcom County resident and resided in Whatcom County the majority of his adult life. He graduated from Edmonds High School in 1961 then attended Western Washington College for one year. He married Molly Morris in 1964. They were married for nine years. Following in his father's footsteps, he became an avid Amateur Radio Operator (HAM) obtaining his call W7JIM in 1955. An early member of the Mount Baker Amateur Radio Club and a participating member of the RACES/ARES emergency communications groups; he participated in many search and rescue missions and Ski to Sea Races handling emergency radio traffic. He was also a member of the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. As a teenager, Jerry attained the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. Jerry was a proud and supportive member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge #194 of Bellingham for 47 years. Jerry briefly served his country during the Vietnam conflict taking his basic training at Fort Ord, CA and serving with the Army National Guard and later with the Air Force Reserves, primarily in the capacity of radio officer. He met his wife of 26 years, Kathleen Maricle in 1974 and they were married in the Hotel De Haro Court Garden at Roche Harbor, Washington on June 9, 1984. Jerry had an illustrious career as a draftsman, design engineer of printed circuit boards and electronics manufacturing. He acquired and cherished the drafting table once owned by his second cousin, John Finnegan. John used the table to design the arches that stand outside the Pacific Science Center for the Seattle World's Fair. The Finnegan, Hohl and Gooding families were all prominent forces in the early settlement of Whatcom County. While still in high school, Jerry began his career hand soldering wires in missile heads for a company on Stone Way in Seattle. After college he worked a short time for Continental Telephone plotting the telephone exchanges in north Whatcom County and then at the Whatcom County Planning Department as a draftsman. He worked at International Good Music (IGM) from 1964 to 1971, where he traveled this country and foreign countries installing automation systems in radio stations and instructing station staff on its proper operation. He continued with his design talents at several other companies in the northwest, including Black-Clawson Engineering in Everett, Rothenbuhler Engineering in Sedro-Woolley, World Wide Weighing Systems in Tukwila, Qualtek Corporation in Mukilteo and his own company Northwest Sound in Bellingham. In 1978 he founded Westroniks in Bellingham and worked as a design engineer and electronics contract manufacturer. In 1992 he founded Prologic Engineering Inc. where he also worked as a circuit board design engineer and contract manufacturer until his passing. Jerry also loved to perform musically and from the age of 13 until his passing, he played his drums in various dance bands popular in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish and King counties as well as Reno and Whistler, BC. He began his music career as the drummer for his band The Panics. While in college he regrouped and played drums with The Toggeries. One most memorable moment with this band was battling Paul Revere and the Raiders at Assumption Gym in the early 60's. Then in the early 90's, Jerry was fortunate enough to meet Paul Revere in person and they reminisced about the battle of their two bands 30 years prior. He then performed with the dance band Interstate 5. While with them, he had the opportunity to perform as a stand-in drummer for Conway Twitty's band as well as the back-up band to Little Richard in New Orleans. He then joined Gordy Geer and the Bluenotes during the mid to late 60's and then went on to play with Tom and Jerry Trio until about '75. He performed with Newton's Apple and Mandrake during the latter half of the 70's and with Larry Stoner Trio until the mid 80's when he took a 13-year break. In 1997, eager to perform again, he joined the classic rock group Flashback. He remained with Flashback until it disbanded in 2004. He founded the band Crossfire in 2005, performing at local venues until the death of his lead vocal and keyboards in 2008. Jerry was the caring and loving daddy to various felines throughout his life, Tunga, Shu-Shu, Xerox, Maizy, Precious, Boo and Boo2. Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Jerrold Hohl in 1978. Since the passing of his father, Jerry had been a very dedicated son to his mother, Pearl. He is survived by his wife Kathy of the family home, his mother Pearl of Bellingham, his sister Sheryl (Candy) McIntosh and her husband Don of Bellingham, special aunt and uncle George and Carol Gooding of Bellingham and many other loving aunts, uncles and cousins. He will be deeply missed by his family and his extended family of friends in Amateur Radio, BPOE Lodge #194, the local music community, the electronics community and the boating community. "Will love you forever" - Mom "Always in my heart until we meet again" - Candy "I wish to express my gratitude to Jim Barrett and Senta Barrett onboard Part Two, Chris Wallace (who held my hand through the entire ordeal) and her crewmates onboard the schooner Zodiac, The United States Coast Guard, the Skagit County Fire Rescue Squad and all the other boaters in Eagle Harbor (whose names I failed to obtain) for their heroic actions" - Kathy Graveside services will take place on Aug. 9, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. in Greenacres Memorial Park, 5700 Northwest Drive, Ferndale, WA. Arrangements by Moles Family Funeral Homes and Crematory. A celebration of Jerry's life will follow at 5:00 pm at the Elks Lodge #194, 710 Samish Way, Bellingham, WA. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Purrfect Pals, 230 McRae Road NE; Arlington, WA 98223 (www.purrfectpals.org
) or any no-kill animal shelter of your choice or to the BPO Elks Lodge #194, 710 Samish Way, Bellingham WA 98229.
Published by Bellingham Herald from Aug. 4 to Aug. 8, 2010.