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Jerry (Gerald) Lee Lynn
07/16/1937 — 12/14/2023
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Jerry (Gerald) Lee Lynn
Jerry (Gerald) Lee Lynn, 86 years of age, peacefully passed away on Thursday, December 14, 2023 at his home. Jerry was surrounded by his loving wife Helen, his trusted walking partner Daisy Doo and his daughters Kristina and Cindy.
Jerry was born July 16, 1937 in Atchison, Kansas, to Jennie Elizabeth Lynn (Hall) and Walter Edward Lynn. He was the youngest of 3 children, and preceded in death by, brother Lester Lynn and sister Mildred Larkin (Lynn).
Jerry graduated from Leavenworth, Senior High in 1955 in Leavenworth, KS. He joined the U.S. Army, Signal Corps September 1954- 1959. During his military career he served at: Fort Bliss-TX, Fort Gordon-GA, Fort Polk-LA, Fort Banning-GA, Tokyo-Japan, Korea, White Sands Missile Range-NM and Fort Belvoir-VA. After Jerry’s military career he went on to become an electrician. Jerry moved with his family to the Tri-Cities in 1975. He was an electrician until his retirement from Boise Cascade, May 31, 2003. After his retirement he was a volunteer for the Richland Police Departments, Volunteer In Police Service (VIPS) program for 12 years until his health forced him to retire.
Jerry met the love of his life, Helen Lynn, and they married July 25, 1987. Jerry and Helen enjoyed 36 years of marriage with many years of traveling in their trailer, camping, fishing and spending quality time with family and friends. They enjoyed a significant amount of old-school Country concerts, with his favorites Loretta Lynn, Lacy J Dalton, The Judds, Reba McEntire and Conway Twitty. Jerry and Helen’s later years were filled with family time! They enjoyed spoiling their Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren by being involved in their daily activities.
Jerry had been battling cancer for 16 long years at his passing. He was a fighter among fighters and managed to defy the odds many times over. He attributed his longevity to walking his little dog Daisy 1-2 miles a day up until 1 ½ weeks before his passing. Jerry’s fight with cancer was not fought alone. Jerry always bragged about how much his wife spoiled him with good food, compassion and caring, even when he could be very difficult to deal with. He enjoyed having his daughters, son-in-law’s, grandkids, family and friends only a phone call away. He was a proud man who did not ask for help! Good thing his wife would rat him out to ensure he had help when needed: moving, mowing, mechanics, medical etc.
Jerry was a born and bred Die Hard Kansas City Chiefs Fan. Jerry shared this passion with his son Ron Lynn. One of Jerry’s favorite memories was when Ron and Michelle flew out to the Tri-Cities to surprise Jerry for the Kansas City, Super Bowl Game. Jerry said it was icing on the cake that their team won!
Jerry lived to fish! In his younger years, he always had boats and the latest and the greatest of the gear. He was extortionately intelligent, having an innate ability to answer all Jeopardy questions. Mechanically, he could fix just about anything; and all of his vehicles were serviced on schedule. He was the neighborhood hero, taking care of all snow removal for many of his neighbors during the cold months. He took pride in having a meticulously cared for lawn with “Straight Lines”. He altered the configuration of his back yard at least 10 times over the years LoL. About two years ago, at age 84, he jackhammered ½ the concrete in backyard, and solely removed the tons of waste. He and Helen enjoyed their day trips to Wild Horse and Legends Casinos. If you knew anything about Jerry, dinner was always to be served at 5:00; and don’t forget the salt and pepper. Some of his favorite homemade meals were fresh fried fish; spaghetti and meatballs; and fried oysters. His favorite attire was a pair of denim overalls and a Chiefs baseball cap. He was stubborn and opinionated, but would give the shirt off his back if someone needed it.
His wife Helen takes comfort that she was able to keep her promise to bring Jerry home for hospice care. We want to thank our whole family and friends who made it possible for Helen, Cindy and Kristina to be able to care for Jerry at home.
Jerry is survived by: Wife Helen Marie Lynn; Son Ronald Edward Lynn (Michelle); Daughters Rhonda Elizabeth Smarro, Cindy Kay Webb (Mike), Kristina J Markel (Chad); Grandchildren Michael, Dustin, Ranae, Rachel, Chris, McKenzie, Quinton, Alec, Cameo, Tifenne and 14 Great Grandchildren and another on the way.
Jerry was preceded in death by: Mother Jennie Elizabeth Lynn (Hall); Father Walter Edward Lynn; Son Robert Eugene Lynn; Brother Lester Lynn; Sister Mildred Larkin (Lynn).
Jerry (Gerald) Lee Lynn
Graveside Service & Celebration of Life
Date: Thursday, 12/21/23
Location: Einan’s Sunset Garden’s (GRAVESIDE)
915 Bypass Highway, Richland, WA 99352
**Reception will follow graveside service details will be given during graveside service.
Sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. Missed information about the service as I would have attended. Jerry’s locker was next to mine at the mill. We we friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Helen, along with the family.
Condolences to all the family
Keeping you in my warmest thoughts as you navigate this difficult time and wishing you hope and healing.
Dearest Helen and family, my deepest sympathies to each of you, my heart understands where yours is right now Helen. God bless!