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JEROLD WAYNE POWER

August 6, 1925 ~ September 10, 2021 (age 96)

Obituary

Jerold W. Power, 96, passed away Friday, September 10, 2021, at Idaho State

Veterans Home in Lewiston, Idaho.

Jerold was born on August 6, 1925, in Colome, South Dakota, to George and Nora

(Krauss) Power. The family arrived on the Palouse when he was 10 years old and he

graduated from Palouse High School in 1943.

In November, 1944, Jerold was inducted into the Army for combat duty in World War II.

He spent 16 months in combat in the Philippines. Later, he and several others were

readied for the invasion of Japan. On his birthday, August 6, 1945, the first atomic bomb

was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, and three days later, the second bomb was dropped

on Nagasaki, Japan. Jerold was sent to Hiroshima shortly thereafter. He received

several medals for his service, including the Bronze Star. Jerold was one of the last

living World War II veterans on the Palouse.

On June 12, 1948, Jerold married Dolores (Syms) Power in Onecho, Washington. The

couple made their home in Palouse, Washington.

After harvest season in 1950, Jerold was recalled to active duty and served in the

Korean Conflict as a staff sergeant, training new recruits for combat duty.

In 1967, the couple moved to Wallowa County, Oregon, for a new adventure. They

loved the area but work was scarce. So, in 1971, the couple moved to Moscow, Idaho,

where Jerold worked for the University of Idaho until his retirement in 1990.

Jerold enjoyed ranching, farming, hunting, fishing, and horse trips into the mountains.

But most of all, Jerold enjoyed his family and friends. He loved going to reunions, family

gatherings, or watching grandchildren play basketball, baseball, football, track,

volleyball, and even cheerleading. He did this throughout his life. He will truly be

missed.

Jerold was preceded in death by his wife, Dolores, of 63 years; brother George W.

Power; grandchildren Brandon Power and Tina Bies; and great grandchild Aaron

Power.

Survivors include sons, Jerold D. (Roxanne) of Goodyear, Arizona; Gale (Michele) of

Walla Walla, Washington; Gary of Huntington, Oregon; Daryl (Kathie) of Troy, Idaho;

and daughters, Connie Hepburn (Dean) of Damascus, Oregon; Terri Seifert (Jim) of

Irrigon, Oregon; sister, Carol Wilcox of Wenatchee, Washington; and brother, Myron

Power (Marie) of Cheney, Washington. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 35

great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held on October 2, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at the Palouse,

Washington Cemetery, with a gathering to follow for family and friends at the Palouse

Community Center.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, Jerold and his family request that all donations be given to

Inland Northwest Honor Flights, 608 W. 2nd Avenue, Ste 309, Spokane, Washington

99201. Jerold’s experience on an Honor Flight was very moving and he wanted to help

other Veterans be given this opportunity.

Kramer Funeral Home of Palouse, Washington is caring for the family.  On line condolences may be left at www.kramercares.com

 

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Services

Graveside Service
Saturday
October 2, 2021

11:00 AM
Greenwood Cemetery - Palouse
Wall Street
Palouse, WA 99161

Donations

NORTHWEST HONOR FLIGHTS
608 W. 2ND AVENUE, STE 309, SPOKANE WA 99201

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