Jerald Charles "Jerry" Petersen

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March 19, 1942 ~ June 3, 2011

Jerald Charles Petersen of Vancouver, WA, died June 3, 2011. He was born March 19, 1942, at his family's farm in Riffe, WA. When he was about six months old his parents, Jay and Francis Petersen, moved their family to the Hazel Dell area of Vancouver. When Jerry was five, his parents moved the family to Felida. The new home was larger, and best of all, it was on 15 acres with Whipple Creek running through the property.
Jerry spent countless hours playing in the woods and fishing in Whipple Creek. When he got a little older, Salmon Creek was just a short bike ride away and the fish were bigger and more plentiful. As Jerry reached his teenage years, his brother introduced him to water fowl hunting in the Salmon Creek and Lake River valleys, and to deer hunting in the Klickitat area. This was the beginning of his life-long love of hunting and fishing.
Jerry's elementary days were spent at the Felida school. He attended Shumway Jr. High for his eighth and ninth grade years and his high school years were spent at Fort Vancouver High School where he graduated in 1960.
After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army for a three year commitment, two years of which were spent in Germany.
After his military discharge in 1964, he worked at the Georgia Pacific paper mill in Toledo, OR, where he met his future wife, Diana Dixon. They were wed in Vancouver, WA, on Dec. 3, 1966.
Jerry and Dixie moved to Corvallis, OR, where he attended Oregon State University, and where their first child, Brady, was born on Feb. 2, 1971. After several years in Corvallis, they moved to Vancouver, WA, where Jerry worked for the Miller Brewing Company. On June 1, 1976, their family had a big expansion when their triplets, Blake, Brandon, and Molly were born.
Jerry and Dixie moved their family to Ridgefield, WA. During this time Jerry completed his course work at George Fox University. The family started a commercial black berry farm, and in his spare time, Jerry served on the Ridgefield School Board.
In 1993, the family moved to Winthrop, WA, where they purchased Winthrop Motors. Jerry and Dixie operated the business until they sold it in 2007, and RETIRED! Jerry enjoyed spending time with his five grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sun., June 12, 2011, at The Marshall House in Vancouver, WA.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project (
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Published in The Columbian on June 8, 2011
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