Gerald “Jerry” Joseph Eilers
January 19 ,1942 – October 22, 2010
Gerald “Jerry” Joseph Eilers passed away peacefully from head and neck cancer on October 22, 2010 at Hospice of the Foothills Compassionate Care Home in Grass Valley California at the age of 68.
He was born on January 19, 1942 in Portland, Oregon to John and Rita (nee Sander) Eilers but spent most of his life in California.
Athletic, strong-willed and determined, Jerry received a full-ride baseball scholarship to University of San Francisco where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. Upon graduation in 1964, he married his high school sweetheart Leslie Hopkins in Petaluma, CA. Jerry opened the Grass Valley Longs Drugs in 1980 and remained the store Manager until his retirement in 2007.
Jerry was a proud Grass Valley resident and an active member of the community. He served in the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce and volunteered his time coaching not only his grandchildren but many local youths in basketball, softball and golf. An avid golfer and member of Alta Sierra Country Club, he won the club championship many times.
Jerry was an accomplished painter. Many artistic inspirations for his watercolors came from his other interests of hiking and camping.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 46 years, Leslie and three grown daughters: Ann Morgado of Grass Valley, Lisa Thesell of Fair Oaks, and Jeanne Pugh of Santa Rosa. He is also survived by five granddaughters: Cassie and Caitie Breazeale, Hannah and
Andie Thesell and Rhiannon Pugh. Jerry is survived by his three brothers: Pat, Dan
A mass to celebrate his life will be held at St. Patrick’s Church in Grass Valley on
October 30, 2010 at 11:30 am. The family wishes to express its heartfelt gratitude for
the care given to Jerry by the staff of Hospice of the Foothills Compassionate Care
Home and to Dr. David Campbell and staff of Sierra Nevada Cancer Center. The
family asks that donations be made to Hospice of the Foothills Compassionate Care Home in lieu of flowers.
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die. – Thomas Campbell
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