Gerald Frederick Studeman, loving husband and father, passed away on Aug. 6, 2014. Jerry was born in Seattle on March 9, 1931 to Edward and Fern Studeman. He grew up in Longview and Kelso before graduating from Central Kitsap High school in Silverdale. Jerry married his high school sweetheart, Luella Riley in 1950 and they celebrated 63 wonderful years together on Dec. 9, 2013. Together they had four children. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Richard and Thomas.
He is survived by his wife, Luella of Centralia; his four children, Scott Studeman of Coquille, Ore., Joby Omeg of Vancouver, Wash., Paige Patten of Chehalis, Wash. and Penni Swanson of Lake Tapps, Wash.
Papa Jerry, as he was known to his 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, held family and friends in high regard. He enjoyed family get-togethers and was quick to invite friends to join them. Jerry was a loyal friend who had a kind word for everyone he encountered.
After his high school graduation, Jerry worked for the Bremerton Naval Shipyard and Boeing. He enrolled in Railroad Telegraphy School but, interupted his schooling to join the Marine Corps in 1951. He served during the Korean War with tours in Hawaii and Japan.
Upon completion of his military duty he returned to school and became a telegrapher-operator agent for the railroad. After 13 years with the railroad, he decided to become self employed, purchasing a beer and wine distributorship. He operated this business for 13 years before selling the company and going to work for Central Reddi-Mix. He retired in 1990 after 13 years with Central.
Jerry turned down a WSU track scholarship to marry the love of his life. However, he remained loyal, always tuning into Cougar football. Jerry found that he enjoyed carpentry and all the parts of building houses. He completed four homes for them during the years. Jerry loved to hunt and fish. He made several trips to Canada for Moose. He and Luella did much traveling. They also took many camping and fishing trips with their children. Jerry and Luella place family and friends in high regard. Jerry was a very loyal friend and always was able to find good in everyone.
Memorial services will be held, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Centraila Christian Church, 1215 W Main St., Centralia, WA 98531.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in his honor to the Veterans museum, Assured Hospice or Centralia Christian Church.