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Jerome (Jerry) C. Berman

Jerry Berman passed away on February 3, 2012, at Horton Plaza. He was born on February 11, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Jack and Katherine Berman

He spent his childhood in Latonia, Ky., and Cincinnati. He served in World War II as an army master sergeant, Quartermaster Corps, in Italy and North Africa. He returned in 1945 and married his fiance, Shirley Brown. Jerry and Shirley celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on December 16, 2011.

Jerry worked as a shoe buyer in Cincinnati, Ohio, Akron, Ohio, Jasper, Ala., and Jacksonville, Fla. In 1978, he bought a small department store, which Jerry and Shirley operated until retirement in 1984, when they moved to Medford, Ore., to be within a day's driving distance of their grandchildren

Jerry loved golf, gardening, and books. He volunteered at Rogue Valley Medical Center and participated in the S.M.A.R.T program. He was an accomplished oil painter.

Jerry is survived by his beloved wife, Shirley; son, Steven (Holly) Berman of Portland, Ore.; daughter, Carol Berman of Tiburon, Calif; grandchildren, Emma Michel (Brett), Daniel Berman, Martha Harris, Jack Harris, and Eva Harris; and his brother, Harvey Berman, of North Miami Beach, Fla. He was preceded in death by his son, Marc Berman.

All of Jerry's many friends are welcome at a celebration of his life on Sunday, February 19, 2012, 9:30 a.m., at Horton Plaza, 1122 Spring St., Medford, Ore. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Emek Shalom, P.O. Box 1107, Ashland, OR., 97520, Havurah Shir Hadash, P.O. Box 1262, Ashland, OR., 97520, or GBS/CIDP Foundation International, The Holly Building, 104½ Forrest Ave., Narberth, PA. 19072. He will be interred at the Eagle Point National Cemetery. Memory Gardens Memorial Park & Mortuary in care of arrangements. www.memorygardensmortuary.com

Jerome (Jerry) C. Berman