Jerome H. Kaminski

January 26, 1943May 3, 2013

Jerome Henry “Jerry” Kaminski, 70, passed away on May 3, 2013. He served in the Marine Corp ~ 3rd Tank Battalion, retired from Southern Pacific/ Union Pacific Railroad after 36 years of service, also ranked 32nd Degree Mason & Shriner. Jerry is survived by his companion, Sandra Bryant; son, Mark Chapman & wife Mary; step-daughter, Madonna Chapman; grandsons: Paul Brandon Hopkins & wife Jennifer Michelle; Mark Anthony Chapman, II; great granddaughter, Samantha Marie Hopkins; sister, Patricia Ann Blader & husband Daniel; brother, Roger Robert Kaminski. Visitation will be from 5-8PM on Tuesday, May 7th. Funeral service will be held at 11AM on Wednesday, May 8th at Brookside. Interment will follow in Brookside Memorial Park with Military Honors.


  • Visitation Tuesday, May 7, 2013
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 8, 2013

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Cecelia Kurold

May 26, 2013

Mark, we have never met but I am your second cousin, Cecelia. I was so very happy to have a phone message at home with J H Kaminski out of the blue after so many years. I asked him how he got my # but he said he didn't remember. Ever since then we have been connected with all of his wonderful e-mails. If he didn't hear from me in a while, he would always call to see if I was all right. I will truly miss him after him finding me after all these years. My prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely, your 2nd cousin, Cecelia

May 7, 2013


Dennis Whittredge

May 7, 2013

Sometimes with forget to thank the wife's, sister's or female partners in our life that love and care for us in our time of sickness and poor health so a special thanks and recognition should go out to -Mark's wife, forgive me I am have a memory lapse and can't recall her name, who took time off from her job and raising a family to sit by her father-in-laws bedside and monitor his care while he was hospitalized in the past. Thank you! Jerry was so blessed to have a daughter-in-law like you in his later years!

Jeff & DJ Gann

May 7, 2013

Mine and DJ's prayers go out to all of the loved ones of this great man...

Jerry... We will always love and miss you. Thank you for your incomparable friendship, the laughter and the good times!

Camelia Rickerhauser

May 7, 2013

I was sorry to hear about Jerry's passing away. I remember when he made a surprise visit to Florida to see my mom(his aunt) after she had open heart surgery. He called her every so often as he did me and emailed me a lot of good stuff. I will miss his calls and emails. We will miss you Cuz.

May 6, 2013

Our prayers and thoughts are with you during your hours of bereavement.
Stephanie Porter & Family

Nicole Lee

May 6, 2013

Mark, so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers! From your TIFI E-Board family.

Dennis Whittredge

May 6, 2013

Jerry and I met back in 1971 when I was transferred from SA, TX. to the swamp they call Houston, TX. With Southern Pacific railroad. I was a recently promoted locomotive engineer and Jerry was a switchman and the two crafts didn't get along due to the “clannish” ways railroad men acted back in those days---but there was one bond between us ---we were both ex-military veterans—Jerry a jarhead (US Marine) and I a swabby (US Navy). Our friendship and bond grew thru the many years of the hardships and dangerous perils of railroad life.

As time progressed I got to know his late gregarious wife Maryland a very special hostess and son Mark. Jerry was so proud of his son Mark who had entered the US Army as an enlisted man in his youth but later gained entry into helicopter school and retired as a warrant officer. Jerry's chest would pop out and he would get a twinkle in his eye when we talked about Marks accomplishments. Jerry was proud of his grandson as well but didn't care much to travel the many miles to see him play baseball or soccer and I would chastise Jerry and encourage him to go see his grandson play ball despite the distance and the hot humid weather. Railroad men had to work out in all sorts of inclement weather like US Postman and when we had a chance to stay inside out of the heat, cold, or rainy weather we did but I think Jerry was feeling the ill effects of his illness back then and that may have kept him away at times as well.

I recall the smile that came across Jerry's face when my oldest son Dennis and I went to visit Jerry many years back at his house and my son announced he had joined the Masonic Lodge in Highlands, TX. since Mark---Jerry's son had also joined this organization but at different locations. One of the many achievements of Jerry's was the initiation into 32nd degree and Shiners of Masonic Lodge. There were lots of railroad men who were Masons.

Jerry was many things back in those days, intelligent, witty, and fun to be around---we shared a lot of experiences together while working on the railroad. The railroad was somewhat like the military with its chain of command and having to work odd crazy hours—on the extra board one could be called any time—sort of like the Strategic Air command back in those days---one had to be ready to go at a moments notice. Many times Jerry and I shared our meals because sometimes one of us came to work without a sack lunch and there we no 24 hr. fast food restaurants back then. Jerry's benevolent personality was always present to help fellow railroads!

Over the years we went out separate ways –Jerry become a conductor and I went out into the road service. Road service and yard service were two distinct divisions back then—we only saw each other every now and then either at the register room or passing on trains when coming into the yard. We renewed our friendship only after we both had retired and had time to do the items we enjoyed like fishing, shooting, and discussing different ideas and philosophies of life. Anyway, we shared a lot in common and I will miss him very much. My sincere deep felt condolences go out to his partner Sandy, family and friends. We will all miss him---I feel cheated in some ways by his passing—no longer will I be able to call him and chat or do the other things we once did together...But we should all rejoice at his untimely passing since Jerry is free from pain and suffering he endured and his soul can soar and be reunited with his loved ones that have passed.

Jerry always lived up to the Marine core motto of “Semper fidelelis” (always Loyal & Faithful) to the very end!!

Vaya Con Dios Amigo!

Deena Darby

May 6, 2013

So sorry for your loss. Praying that God comforts you at this time.

Ted Slafka

May 6, 2013

Theodore Slafka,retired Engineer SP/UP 39 years. Worked many a 12hour plus shift with Jerry and Root on the Port Terminal transfer Job. The Stories that I could tell..unbelievable stuff, and I was THERE ??? and we never got fired, at least not for that stuff Jerry YOU will be missed RIP Ted