WILLIS GERALD "JERRY" LONERGAN, JR.
March 24, 1924 ~ March 11, 2018
Willis Gerald "Jerry" Lonergan, Jr. was born March 24, 1924 in Nampa, ID to Willis Gerald Lonergan, Sr. and Lois Gunn. He graduated from R.A. Long High School in Longview, WA in 1942, briefly attending the College of Idaho in Caldwell, ID.
Jerry served in the Army Air Force from March 1943 to February 1946 as an airplane and engine mechanic.
Jerry attended the U of W, Seattle, beginning in March 1946, obtaining a B.A. degree in 1949. He attended the Church Divinity School of the Pacific from 1949 to 1951 and was ordained to the priesthood at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in 1952.
Beginning his ministry, Jerry served churches in Vancouver, Camas/Washougal, Auburn, Colville, Republic and Spokane, WA. He served as Education Director in the Diocese of West Missouri and the Diocese of Michigan. He served as Executive Secretary of the Michigan Diocese and Associate Rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pontiac, MI, from which he retired in 1989.
Willis married Geraldine "Jerry" Burnham of Vancouver, WA in 1948. Throughout their 69 years together, they were able to travel extensively and enjoyed a second home in Ocean Park, WA.
Jerry is survived by wife, Jerry; sons, Thomas (Julie), Michael (Vickie) and Joseph; brother, Wallace (Luise); as well as numerous grand and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by sons, Willis III and David; and brother, James.
The memorial service will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 426 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. at 2:00 p.m., Sat., March 24, 2018, with a reception to follow. This service will be held on his 94th birthday.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Luke's Memorial Fund.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits