Jerald Dean "Jerry" Schmadeka

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JERALD DEAN SCHMADEKA
December 26, 1936 ~ January 23, 2018

Jerald Dean Schmadeka unexpectedly passed away on Jan. 23, 2018. He was born on Dec. 26, 1936, in Grangeville, ID, a town in which his great-grandfather was a founder. Following his high school graduation in Granite Falls, WA, Jerry played a couple of years of college baseball and basketball, as well as minor league baseball.
He entered the service of the United States Army in 1959 and served for over twenty years, retiring in 1980 as a Master Sergeant. During his time in the U.S. Army, he was stationed in Germany, Taiwan, Vietnam and Ft. Dix, New Jersey, as well as other posts in the United States. In Taiwan and Vietnam, Jerry was a member of the Army Security Agency, and, after leaving Ft. Dix, went into Army recruiting. At the time of his retirement, Jerry was the acting Sergeant Major of the Pacific Northwest Army Recruiting Command.
Following his retirement from the United States Army, he finished his college degree, obtaining a B.A. in Business Administration from City University in Seattle, WA.
Jerry and his wife (Janet) owned a successful car care center and diner on Fourth Plain Avenue in Vancouver, WA for many years. There, he enjoyed taking in his morning breakfast, filling out the local newspaper crossword, talking with customers about the issues of the day, sharing stories with old Army buddies, and venturing out to play golf at the local golf clubs where he was a member.
Jerry and his wife retired after the sale of the business in 2006 and continued to live in Vancouver, WA until 2016. In 2016, he and his wife bought a RV and embarked on the great adventure, traversing the United States, visiting with family and friends in various locales.
In 2017, after driving the RV to the Smoky Mountains, he and his wife bought a house in Jonesborough, TN, to be near his youngest son, a local physician. By all accounts, he truly loved his Tennessee home and would spend much of the day sitting outside, reading, taking phone calls from his out of state sons, and enjoying the vistas.
Jerry was an avid golfer, twice winning the senior club championship at his golf club in Vancouver, WA, and enjoyed playing golf with other club members, family and friends with various golf courses up and down the west coast. He loved sports and was a faithful fan of the Seattle Mariners and Seattle Seahawks. He also was a lifelong learner who enjoyed reading modern fiction, history, and various genres of literature.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Mary (Walker); and his brother, Terry.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Janet (Chou), with whom he was married for over 50 years; his sister, Sharron (Pederson) of Surprise, AZ; his three sons, Larry (Yorba Linda, CA), Roy (Colorado Springs, CO) and Robert (Jonesborough, TN); his daughters-in-law, Sun Ae (Nam), Amy (Mills) and Milan (Chang); and his four grandchildren, Holly, Lauren, Mary and Jackson.
Jerry was interned at Mountain Home National Cemetery in Johnson City, TN, on Jan. 30, 2018.
Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Johnson City, TN, served the Schmadeka family.
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Published in The Columbian on Feb. 13, 2018
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