George Gerald Huchendorf


May 29, 1929 - Nov. 25, 2017

George Gerald “Jerry” Huchendorf, 88, of Reedsport passed away Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017.  He was born May 29, 1929 in Brookings, S.D. to George and Grace Huchendorf.  He was the oldest of five children.  When he was three years old, twin girls joined the family and he was, as he used to tell it, “orphaned”, a set of cute twins got all the attention.  He also had a brother, Ronald and another sister, Bonnie.  Jerry graduated from Brookings High School in 1947 and moved with his family to Rapid City, S.D.  He worked as an apprentice carpenter until 1949, when he joined the U.S. Navy and served four years as a builder with the Seabees in Adak, Korea, and Guam.

In 1952, he married Eunice Root.  They were married for 47 years and raised three children; Bruce, Jeffrey and Diane.  After leaving the service, he continued as a builder for three years.  He then moved to Rio Dell, Calif. hung up his hammer, and operated a hamburger business called the “The Nutshell” for over twenty years.  After moving to McMinnville Ore., he continued as a builder for nearly 20 years then retired and moved to Lakeside.

Eunice passed away in 1999, and Feb. 25, 2001, he married Irma Sanborn.  He enjoyed wood carving, hunting, fishing, family time, reading, puttering in the garage and was also active in his church.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Irma; three children from his first marriage, Bruce and his wife Rita and Diane and Jeffrey; along with two step-daughters, Terry Green, Karen Karner, and her husband Carl.

He also has two surviving sisters, Joan Snyder and June Jolley; three grandchildren, Melissa, Jason, and Sarah; two step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and 14 nieces and nephews.

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Jerry was preceded in death by his first wife, Eunice; his parents; his brother, Ronald and his sister, Bonnie.

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Reedsport.  A reception will follow at the church.

Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Dunes Memorial Chapel.  Leave a loving comment at

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