Gerald (Jerry) Houser

Gerald (Jerry) Houser of Peoria, Arizona, formerly of Peshastin, Washington, passed away peacefully on May 1, 2018. Born on Dec. 12, 1926 Jerry grew up and went to school in Ellensburg, Washington until his junior year of high school. The family was then relocated to Crocket, California to aid in the war effort. Jerry graduated from John Sweat High School and was inducted into the Army Air Corp where he was trained and served as an air traffic controller and a radar specialist.
After the war, Jerry went back to Ellensburg and earned a Bachelor of Science degree and got his teaching certificate at Central Washington University. He started teaching at Toppenish High School. After one year, he transferred to Peshastin, Washington where he taught and coached the remainder of his career. He was very involved within the community through many clubs and organizations, substitute teaching, and a short time at Peshastin Fruit Growers. Jerry moved to Arizona in 2001 near his son Mike.
Gerald was preceded in death by his wife Madeline, stepson Don Moody, and a brother and sister. He is survived by his wife Marilyn, son and daughter-in-law Mike and Rita Houser, daughter and son-in-law Heidi and Pat Brandt along with brothers Jim, Rodger, and Bobby, sisters Betty, and Carolyn, many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 at the Peshastin Football Field in Peshastin at 1 p.m. with interment to follow at the Peshastin Cemetery.
Wards funeral chapel in Leavenworth is in charge of arrangements.

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