Gerald was born May 22, 1925, and passed peacefully at home November 18, 2018.
Jerry is preceded in death by his son Michael. He is survived by his loving wife, Donna; his two sons, Gary and Steve Lokan; and one daughter, Laurie Nielsen. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Jerry was born to two Finnish immigrants and raised in Astoria, OR. Throughout his youth, he played baseball with his brothers and became a gillnet fisherman.
Upon graduation from High school, Jerry enlisted in the United States Air Force and served honorably from 1944 to 1946. He served as a "nose gunner" in a B17 during World War II. He was awarded American Theatre Service Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
Upon discharge from the service, Jerry attended Linfield College, where he met the love of his life, Donna Cone. They were married in 1948.
Jerry was always an incredibly hard worker. He and his father in-law owned Cone Logging and logged around the Pacific Northwest and overseas in the Philippines. When not working in the woods, he was teaching his four children how to hunt, fish and sharing his love of nature. Later in life, Jerry worked as a mechanic and welder fabricator. Jerry worked as a welder until the age of 82.
Throughout it all, Jerry lived his life with great "Sisu", meaning he had stoic determination, tenacity of purpose, grit, bravery and a hardiness that can be expected of any one of Finn heritage.
Private services are being held at Butteville Cemetery.