F. Jerome "Jerry" Studer
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June 14, 1917 ~ August 22, 2018

On August 22, 2018, Jerry passed through the gates of heaven and into the open arms of Muriel, his wife of 68 years and the love of his life. Waiting with Muriel were his parents, Elizabeth and Albert Studer, sisters, Dolores and Marcelline, brothers, Julian and Walter, grandson, Kevin Hermansen, step-great-granddaughter, Brooke, son-in-law, Pat McElveny, and numerous relatives and friends.
F. Jerome "Jerry" Studer was born on June 14, 1917 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Jerry was the youngest of 5 children of Elizabeth and Albert.
On July 16, 1940 he married Muriel Carlson and spent the next 68 years by her side. Together they owned and operated J&M Nursery, specializing in growing beautiful plants and shrubs and selling them to local landscapers and retailers.
Jerry was a proud Army veteran serving in Germany and receiving an Honorable Discharge in August 1946.
He was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for over 76 years and was one of the Union's longest standing members.
Jerry was a skilled auto body repairman and was recruited to be the vocational instructor of auto body repair at Clark College where he taught for 20 years. Jerry loved sharing his knowledge with young people and took great pride in watching his students succeed in the auto repair industry.
He enjoyed spending winters in his home in Mesa, Arizona, playing golf, watching the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks, working in the garden, square and round dancing, and spending time with friends and relatives.
Jerry is survived by his 3 daughters, Sheila (Gary) Hermansen, Sandy (Duane) Burckhard and Cindy (Pat- deceased) McElveny; 2 granddaughters, Kim LaValley and Tanya (Jevon) Domench; 4 grandsons, Scott (Kristin) Burckhard, Kyle (Debbie) Hermansen, Mark (Angela) Burckhard, Tyson (Hayley) McElveny; 2 step-grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 6 step-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jerry was a lifelong Catholic and a member of St. John Catholic Church for over 66 years. We thank God for letting us have him for over 101 years.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, August 30, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church. A reception will follow the Mass. Burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Gardens next to Muriel.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Shriners Hospital for Children or to Hospice Southwest.
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 24, 2018.
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August 29, 2018
Sheila and family,
I was sorry to read of your dad's passing. He must have been one of the last if not the last of his generation of neighbors in our 58th Ave. community. I did not know him as well as I did your mother, but I know he was well liked and respected by my parents. My uncle (Ellery Wanless) who was the diesel engine instructor at Clark during many of the years your dad was at Clark, also spoke highly of your father as a respected staff member.
Again, my condolences to you, Sandra, and Cindy. Jill Mason
August 29, 2018
Cindy Sheila and family. We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear father. A true gentleman - such a kind soul, he was an icon in V.G. Park. He lived a wonderful full life - we remember him playing cribbage, shuffleboard and golfing well into his nineties. He leaves behind a great legacy.
Keep the wonderful memories close to your hearts.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mary Anne & Yvon
August 28, 2018
I am so very sorry for the loss of your wonderful father, he was tryly a great soul to know. I will always remember Uncle Jerome and his ready smile with love shining from his eyes.
Love as always to you all.
Debbie Namen
August 28, 2018
Shiela and family, May u all find peace in your many wonderful memories with your awesome father. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time!
Roger and Joy (Fry) Ringstead
Roger Ringstead
August 26, 2018
I am so very sorry for your loss, prayers to you and your family.
Jim Putnam
August 26, 2018
Sheila, Sandy, and family,
My sincerest condolences on the passing of your father. He had a long and happy life. He will now be with his life's partner Muriel. Rest in peace Jerry.
Harriett (Choat) Peifer
August 26, 2018
My memories of Mr. Studer go back to 1955 when I first knew the Studer's next door neighbors the Rutkowski's on Parker Rd. (I think it was called that then), and knew Sheila who is my age. All parents seemed to us kids to be "old", though he probably wasn't yet 40. I recall a hard working family man. When the Rutkowski cows got out of the pasture one weekend he helped round them up. He has lived an amazingly long life, how lucky for his family to have all those memories to hold dear. They re in my thoughts and prayers.
Chris Hale Neilsen
August 25, 2018
Dear Sheila, He lived a good, honorable and remarkably long life. He leaves a wonderful legacy. I send you condolences from far away, but am close in spirit. Jere Van Dyk
August 25, 2018
Jerry, I called him Grandpa as he was the grandfather of my three children, was the perfect father-in-law. He never criticized or corrected me and was always available when I needed him which was often. He was a kind, generous, and loving man. I am very saddened that he has left us but am happy that God has him back with Grandma Muriel, the love of his life. I loved Grandpa and miss him and always will. Thank you God for letting us have this wonderful man for 101 years.
Duane Burckhard
August 24, 2018
Many sweet memories of Mr. Studer throughout the years. Beginning from visiting his home and playing in this pool as a small child, to seeing him regularly as he faithfully visited his friend in the memory care facility I worked for - some decades later. He was never without a warm smile and a hug. His energy and kind presence will be remembered fondly.
Katie Burckhard
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