Gerald ‘Jerry’ James Verstegen


Gerald ‘Jerry’ James Verstegen, 70, of Omak, Wash. passed away Aug. 17, 2020. For the past seven years and eight months, he lived with the assistance of a mechanical heart pump which kept him alive.

Jerry was born Nov. 27, 1949 to Jerome ‘Bones’ Verstegen and Marcella Verstegen. He was raised in Omak and graduated from Omak High School with the class of 1968. He attended and graduated from Spokane Community College in 1970.

Jerry worked one to two years for the Bureau of Reclamation at Grand Coulee Dam. He then worked at Gene’s Harvest Foods in Omak. Later, Jerry, worked for Okanogan County Department of Public Works for over 25 years, becoming road manager.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Earlier in life he played softball with local friends. He also taught baseball to young players, including his one son, Bradley J. Verstegen.

He is survived by his son, Bradley; two grandsons; brothers, Gary and Doug (Deb); sister, Debi (Bob) Howe, of the Omak area; sister-in-law, Ginger Verstegen; brother-in-law, Jim Peterson, of Spokane, Wash.; four nephews, two nieces; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his mother, Marcey; father, ‘Bones’; sister, Dianna; and brother, Rodney.

There will be no services at this time, but possibly later.

Jerry will be missed by many people who knew him.

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