Gerald Jerry LeRoy Sessions
February 13, 1917 - December 15, 2012
Jerry was born February 13, 1917, in Winthrop, Ark., the son of Gertie and Vilas Sessions. He was one of 10 children. In 1932, during the Great Depression, he rode the rails to Oregon and found work as a ranch hand in Bonanza where he still holds the record for roping cattle. During World War II he served in the 1st Division and participated in every major battle of the war earning eight Bronze Stars. And according to stories, danced his way across the American Bar in London following liberation. Following the war he returned to Ashland.
On December 22, 1947, in Grants Pass, Ore. he married the former Mildred Rose Richter, who preceded him in death in 2000. Mildred had been working at the drugstore in Ashland and Jerry always said he picked her up as he was making deliveries for United Grocers. They were known for dancing together whenever they got the chance, often in the middle of their living room.
He drove truck for United Grocers for 25 years and retired in 1979, after being awarded Driver of the Year in 1977. As a resident of Ashland for over 60 years, Jerry was active in many community activities, most notably as a Lion's Club member. As a member, he was active in paper drives as a benefit for their Vision Programs, as well as barbecuing chicken every 4th of July in Lithia Park, as well as OSF's Feast of Will.
During his retirement, Jerry could often be seen in town on his morning walks from Union Street down through Triangle Park where he would talk to anyone he could and often provided handyman services to his neighbors.
Jerry was a vibrant man who loved nothing more than a good time with his family. He loved watermelon, fixing things, getting to know new people, and his family and community in Ashland, Ore.
Jerry is survived by his son, Jerry Lynn Sessions, of Medford, Ore.; daughter, Judy Hale, of Portland, Ore.; grandsons, Andrew Sessions and Patrick Hale; granddaughters, Jennifer Sessions and Aina Hale.
No services are planned. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Ashland Lion's Club, P.O. Box 3340, Ashland, OR 97520. Arrangements under the direction of LitwillerSimonsen Funeral Home, Ashland, Ore.