Gerald M. “Jerry” Lauhala
Gerald Maume “Jerry” Rauhala left his family to be with our Lord Jesus on March 25, 2012. Jerry was born June 10, 1942 to Marme O. and Gladys G. (Swanson) Rauhala who preceded Jerry in death. Jerry is survived by his two sons, Ryan M. (Karla) Rauhala with granddaughters, Julianna and Melissa of Puyallup, and Scott (Wendy) Rauhala with grandson, Kirk of Stanwood.
Jerry was born in Aberdeen and attended schools in Aberdeen graduating from J.M. Weatherwax High School with the Class of 1960. Jerry was active in sports playing quarterback for AHS Bobcats. After GHC, Jerry attended the University of Washington where he was president of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Jerry never missed the traditional “Turkey Day” game between the “Bobcats” & “Grizzlies”. Jerry was an active Husky alumni supporter and original Seahawk ticket holder. He also loved meeting with family and friends at Emerald Downs.
Jerry’s passion for sports was only surpassed by his love for his family, friends and family gatherings. Jerry was an honorable United States Veteran and member of the Elks and VFW.
Jerry’s proudest accomplishments were his years spent with his Dad, working on the ocean “Highlining” gillnetting on the “Tiger Shark”. They fished in Bristol Bay together for over 30 seasons.
Jerry raised his family living and working in the Puget Sound area, but Grays Harbor was his home.
Jerry is also survived by his sisters, Annette (Rod) Bush of Yuma, Ariaons, JoAnn Dragecevich of Tumwater, and brother Marme (Oralee) Rauhala of Montesano. Jerry is also grieved and will be missed by his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephew.
Jerry’s family would be honored by any friends who would like to join us for a celebration of Jerry’s life at the 40et8 in Aberdeen at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2012. Family requests any remembrance contributions be given to the Aberdeen High School Weatherwax Athletic Department.
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