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Obituary: Jerold Richard ‘Jerry’ VanderPool

Published on October 10, 2018 12:01AM

Jerold VanderPool

Jerold VanderPool


April 3, 1941 — Oct. 3, 2018

Jerold Richard “Jerry” VanderPool, 77, of Warrenton, died on Oct. 3, 2018 in Astoria.

He was born on April 3, 1941 in Bakersfield, California, the son of Benjamin and Kathleen De Loney VanderPool.

Jerry was raised in Bakersfield and later earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Redlands in California. He then served in the Air Force as an air commando, and saw duty in Vietnam before his honorable discharge in 1963.

He then went on to a career as a police officer with the Bakersfield Police Department, and retired in 1997 with the rank of sergeant. He had also worked as a 911 dispatcher and as a tour guide for the state of California at the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California.

Jerry was a master mason and member of the Thaddeus Sherman Masonic Lodge No. 196 in Paso Robles, California.

Jerry was especially proud of his restored 1966 Sunbeam Tiger, and he had many friends in the Sunbeam community.

After moving to Warrenton, Oregon, in 2005, he became active in the community as a volunteer at the Columbia River Maritime Museum, donating over 1,000 hours of his time.

In addition to his wife, Marlene, he is survived by his son, Jerry, and his wife, Angela, of Boise, Idaho; son, Jan, and his wife, Sioux, of Bakersfield, California; and grandchildren, Jerry and Eva, also of Boise, Idaho.

By his prior request, there will be no public formal memorial service.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Columbia River Maritime Museum, 1792 Marine Drive, Astoria, OR., 97103.

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