Gerald H. Lawrence’s life was cut short by a short illness with cancer on Sept. 14.

Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sierra Memorial Lawn Cemetery, 459 Hollow Way, Nevada City. Full honors will be rendered by the Nevada County All-Veteran’s Honor Guard.

Mr. Lawrence was born Oct. 3, 1925 in Sandusky, Ohio. He spent most of his life in the Great Lakes area. He was drafted into the United States Army at a young age. He spent his time in the service in the Philippine Islands. He was injured in the line of duty, receiving the Purple Heart and other medals of honor and valor for his country.

After his military service, he began his working years as a crane operator, a warehouseman unloading trucks, and as a truck driver.

While living in Grass Valley he was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Chapter 10788. He also served for a short time as the group’s commander.

Mr. Lawrence is survived by a wonderful wife and mother, Janice L. of 58 years. They were married in Greenup, Ken., in 1950. He had three boys, Mark Lewis, deceased as an infant, Terry A., a long haul truck driver, and Ronald A., a fork-lift operator at the 7-Up plant in Sacramento. He also leaves two granddaughters, Tiffany A. of Sacramento and Lee Ann of Phoenix.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy John Lawrence and Gertrude Ward Lawrence; brothers Robert Douglas and Gaylord, and one sister, Betty.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City.

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