Jerry William Gaines

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  • "I worked with Jerry at Nabisco and have very fond memories...."
    - Janet Goucher
  • "Growing up as Dianes best friend, Jerry was like a grampa..."
    - Crystal Sugg
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    - Tim Lishan
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    - Jo Ann (Plum) Grisham
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December 20, 1931 ~ October 30, 2015

Jerry William Gaines, 83, passed away surrounded by family on Friday, October 30, 2015. He was born in Portland, Oregon, on December 20, 1931, to Floyd E. Gaines and Jean B. Gaines.

Jerry attended Vancouver High School in Vancouver, Washington. After graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy with his best friend Roy Snyder and served four years during the Korean War on the USS Badoeng Strait (CVE-116). His ship made two combat trips into the Korean War zone.

After his duty ended in October 1954, he returned to Vancouver, where he soon met the love of his life Renee E. Pearson. They would have celebrated 61 years of marriage on May 14, 2016. Jerry and Renee were proud parents of two beautiful children: Robert W. Gaines, born in 1955, and Cynthia R. Gaines, born in 1958.

Jerry was a maintenance machinist by trade, spending most of his post-Naval career working for Nabisco in Portland. His hard work and expertise led him to become Nabisco's general foreman before his retirement in April 1991.

Jerry is survived by his daughter Cyndi, granddaughter Diane (James) Shishido, grandson William (Bridget) Lane, and one-year-old great granddaughter Alexa Shishido. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Robert (1970), his sister Betty J. Bledsoe, brother Ronald H. Gaines, and sister Sandra May Murphy.

Jerry will forever be remembered as a strong, caring, loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, neighbor, and friend. He is often known as the guy who sat near his living room window, waving to those who passed by.

A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, November 7, at Vancouver Heights United Methodist Church, 5701 MacArthur Blvd., Vancouver, Washington, 98661. His final resting place will be Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon. He will receive military funeral honors in a private ceremony with his immediate family.
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 3, 2015
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