Gerald “Jerry” Bateman of Hermiston was born August 11, 1947 in Tillamook, Oregon, the son of Irvine and Margaret (Ewan) Bateman. He passed away in Hermiston on Monday, August 31, 2020 at the age of 73.
As a child, Jerry moved with his family to Brookings, Oregon where he grew up and attended school. He graduated from Brookings High School in the class of 1965. After high school, Jerry was drafted into the Army and served two years during the Vietnam War. After his honorable discharge, he returned to the Southern Oregon coast where he worked in the woods for several years. He moved to Eastern Oregon in the mid 1970’s where he has resided since. He has lived in the Hermiston community for over thirty years.
Jerry worked for Pendleton Grain Growers (PGG) for over thirty years in many positions. He retired three years ago.
Jerry loved hunting deer and elk and tinkering in his shop after deer and elk seasons were over. He was an avid reader and especially enjoyed Louis L’Amour books. He had a special way of recalling events and was a good teller of stories. He was always willing to help a friend or neighbor. He enjoyed going to his friend Bill’s cabin in Albee and working with Darwin Hodges´ on his ranch moving livestock and doing repairs.
Jerry married Sherry Norvelle at McNary on June 16, 1984.
He is survived by wife, Sherry; daughter, Shiloh (James) Jones and children, Savannah, Rowan and Sophie; daughter, Poppy (Ray) Plowman and children, Kelsea and Linus; son Austin (Candice) Fertterer and son, Nathan and great granddaughter, Kylie; daughter, Dusty Fertterer; daughter, Michelle (Mikie) Geagel and children, Samantha, Dakota, Grayce and Sierra; brother, John (Joann) Bateman; sister, Barbara (Darryl) Niemi; sister, Nancy Cook; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Linda.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the family home (31437 Medvill Court Hermiston, Oregon) 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, September 6, 2020. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.
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