Jerry Hemm

By Ellis Codjoe, June 18, 2019

Jerry L. Hemm, 72, of Edmonds, WA and formerly of Eldon, IA passed away April 10, 2019. As were his wishes his body had been cremated. A memorial service in Jerry’s honor will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Eldon Christian Church with Brother David Bowden officiating. Burial will be held in the Eldon Cemetery immediately following the service. Memorial contributions in Jerry’s honor may be directed to the Eldon Christian Church and sent c/o Cranston Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 10, Eldon, IA 52554. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.cranstonfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Jerry Lee Hemm, son of Robert Vaughn Hemm and Margaret Lynch Hemm was born June 25, 1946 in Eldon, IA. When Jerry was young, he spent a lot of time at the family cabin on the Des Moines river boating, fishing and exploring. Jerry mentioned many times how special this place was to him and how fortunate he was to have had such a special place to spend his childhood. Jerry was a member of the Eldon Christian Church and graduated from Cardinal High School in Eldon, IA in 1964 before going on to drafting school in Ottumwa, IA. On July 31, 1965 he was united in marriage to Alice Tooley but the two later divorced. He resided in Wisconsin for eight years before moving to Washington in 1990. He was a carpenter by trade and had his own business for many years before retiring in 2012. He had many hobbies. He loved music and had an extensive record collection; he was an excellent writer and loved writing short stories.

He loved buying and selling railroad memorabilia, treasure hunting, panning for gold, rock collecting, and making jewelry out of stone beads. He loved going to the different trade shows selling his memorabilia, rocks and jewelry. What he loved most was seeing his friends and acquaintances at the shows. He loved the Seahawks and the Mariners and made a habit of sitting in his easy chair telling the players how to play ball. After moving away, he loved coming back to Eldon to the family reunions and spending time with his family. Jerry had a wonderful sense of humor. When he would tell a joke or something funny, he would throw his head back and laugh heartily, thinking he was so funny—and he was.

Jerry is survived by his wife Beverly, his brother Larry Hemm and his sister-in-law Sharon Overmyer Hemm, three stepdaughters, Rhonda Johns, Kristin Quinlan and her husband Greg, Karen Hill and her partner Paul Cooper, three grandsons Riley O’Keefe, Nathan Quinlan, Nicholas Quinlan; one nephew Daryl Hemm and his wife Tammie Hemm, one niece Angie Widger,her husband Rodney Widger and their son Joey Widger; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

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