In Memory

Jerry Hammermeister

Jerry HammermeisterIf you know of any details in Jerry's death please post what you know along with any memories of him.

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03/13/08 04:19 PM #1    

Desiree Nystrom

Jerry was one of the first kids I met in Yakima many moons ago, I'll never forget him. Severe depression culminated in his taking his own life, sadly...

06/29/08 02:37 AM #2    

Gary Webster

Jerry's life ended late in 1981. I found out about his death when I was visiting my parents in Utah on Christmas break. On Christmas morning, I was opening a gift from my Grandmother. As was customary, Grandma wrapped her presents in Herald newspapers. As I opened her gift, I noticed an obituary...yes, Hammer had tragically passed away.

Apparently, Jerry had a brief career with the Cleveland Indians organization...and he was working at the mill in Yakima at the time of his death.

I recall the photo shoots in the canyon, those goofy red and white football shoes, and a great athlete with a shy smile.

07/18/08 11:43 AM #3    

Tamara Kilseimer

Jerry and I shared a desk in first grade at Robertson Elementary. He was all freckles and red hair and ENERGY!
He was one of the kindest, most open hearted people I met. I know he struggled with depression and manic swings throughout his entire life. Dave Warner was always looking out for him and acting as big brother.

09/01/08 12:10 AM #4    

Brenda Shaw (Wilbur)

Jerry was my friend and cousin. Yeah, he had a shy smile but believe me, his mind was always running, just like his legs in baseball. As kids, we played baseball in his backyard and hide and go seek at our grandparents.
He was always so competitive. Speaking of energy, his nickname was RABBIT. Go figure. I have some great memories of a really great guy! Miss you cuz

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