Jerome Merle Cohen
July 1, 1931 – March 12, 2018
Jerome Merle Cohen (Jerry), 86, of Carmichael and beloved father of three sons, Peter, David and Steven, passed away on March 12, 2018 after a long and fulfilling life. He was born in Syracuse in 1931 to Ann and Irving Cohen. After high school Jerry attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Engineering and met his first wife Morleen Coffee. He served two years in the Air Force in Germany where he traveled throughout Europe and then served in the reserves for many years back in the United States. Leaving the service he worked for General Electric before accepting a senior engineering position with Aerojet in Sacramento. In 1970, while at Aerojet he started a dry cleaning business with two locations and a commercial manufacturing plant, producing drapes for hotels, hospitals, and apartment buildings throughout the city. Eventually leaving Aerojet he ran the three enterprises for many years while also teaching business classes at Sacramento State College and American River College. He was involved in many real estate ventures as well and finished his career consulting for the State of California and the cities of Fresno and Sacramento, bringing their outdated computer systems into the 21st Century. He was proud of his three sons and enjoyed sharing news of their accomplishments with his friends. As a measure of his devotion he will be remembered very fondly for going to cooking school so that he could make better meals for his growing children. In his spare time he loved skiing, handball and racquetball and after having several dogs over the years he spent time volunteering at a local animal shelter until the young pups overpowered his best intentions. He is survived by his three sons; Peter, David and Steven, his daughter-in-law Robyn and his two grandchildren Jordyn and Zac. He is also survived by his loving and devoted partner Libby Gill. The family wishes that any donations be sent to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
Arrangements under the care of Lombard Funeral Home, 1550 Fulton Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95825