Gerald (Jerry) Patton Duley was born on July 31, 1946 in Ashland, Kentucky, son of Frank and Eunice Duley. Jerry served in the U.S. Army from 1963 – 1967 in Germany. He was discharged as a disabled vet and moved to Washington where he worked for Crown Zellerbach paper mill in Camas. Jerry and his wife Kathy moved to California in 1968 where he was a manager of Builder’s Emporium, a home improvement store. In 1970 they moved back to Washington where he was an assistant manager of the discount department store in Vancouver and later manager of Samuel’s Jewelry at Vancouver Mall. While there, he helped start the Vancouver Mall Lions Club and was their first President.
After leaving retail, Jerry worked for Columbia Machine, La Valley Plastics, Fiberglass Maintenance and then at Hewlett Packard. Jerry was a licensed painter and owned a produce company until his health caused him to retire. He coached Little League and served as a league president, player agent and score keeper. Jerry loved hunting, fishing and camping with his family especially summers at the Oregon coast. He never outgrew his love for Kentucky and his roots.
He passed quietly in his sleep at home on April 10, 2017. Jerry is survived by Kathy, his wife of 54 years, two sons David (Tiffanie) and Jerry (Robin), and his former daughter-in-law Charlotte. His grandchildren Fawn, Alyssa, Bryan, Shawna of Philadelphia; Jordan, Kristin, Virginia of Camas; and Christopher of New Mexico. His great-grandchildren Elijah and Elliott of Camas. His brothers Frank, Fred, Tim and his sister Lynn.
Services will be Saturday, May 6, at 11 a.m. at Grace Foursquare Church in Camas with a reception to follow. Straub’s Funeral home is in charge of arrangements. Instead of flowers the family has requested that donations can be made at the Bank of America in Camas. To send condolences or to sign the online guestbook please visit www.straubsfuneralhome.com