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Gerald "Jerry" G. Ledermann
A memorial service was held Saturday at Samaritan Village for Gerald "Jerry" G. Ledermann, 82, of Hughson. He died Sept. 20, 2011 in Hughson, surrounded by family members.

Burial was at the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella.

Born Feb. 27, 1929 in Milwaukee, Wisc., Jerry graduated from Rufus King High School and attended the University of Wisconsin Extension in Milwaukee. He was a lifelong member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, serving many offices in many congregations in Wisconsin and California. He was drafted into the Army during the Korean War just after turning 21. During that time, he met Judy Celetz and they were married on a short leave and recently celebrated 60 years of marriage on July 21, 2011. A few years after leaving the service, Jerry moved a young family to Southern California. Mr. Ledermann worked in the banking business after moving to California in 1961 and completed courses with the American Institute of Banking, and continued with a successful career in banking, retiring in 1990.

Besides being involved in church youth groups, choir, and coaching, Jerry was a member of Kiwanis for over 40 years and was President and Lieutenant Governor of Division 5 in the late 1990s while a member of the Fresno East Club. He served on a Military Affairs Committee while living in Clovis, and was involved in Special Olympics. Jerry was a member of Seniors in Retirement, had served as treasurer for the Association for Retarded Citizens, and then after moving to Hughson in 2003 he run unsuccessfully for mayor. He was elected to the Hughson City Council and served on the Hughson Planning Commission. Most recently he served on the Samaritan Village Resident Council for seven years. Mr. Ledermann also had a column, "Jerry's Journal," published in the Hughson Chronicle and wrote for the Samaritan Village newsletter.

He enjoyed traveling.

He leaves behind five children, and grandchildren.

Remembrances may be sent to Alexander Cohen Hospice House, 2201 Euclid Avenue, Hughson, CA 95326; or St. Peter Lutheran Church Outreach Program, 3461 Merle Avenue, Modesto, CA 95355.

-Ceres Courier/ October 5, 2011