Jerry Wayne Anderson
July 2, 1940 – September 18, 2019
Jerry Wayne Anderson passed away September 18th 2019.He was 79 years young. Jerry was born in Hollister, CA on July 2nd 1940, to Jay and Georgia Anderson. He was the older brother to his sister Carole. At a young age the family moved to Barstow, CA and then relocated to San Jose, CA where he was raised and lived his adolescent years there. Jerry graduated from Lincoln high school in 1958. From there he attended San Jose City College. After college he went to work with his Dad and learned the family business. Jerry bought his first gas station off his father in 1961 and began his empire. In 1963 Jerry meet the love of his life, Carol Cahouette… 6 months later they were happily married at ST. Clare’s Catholic Church in Santa Clara, CA. Jerry most cherished time of his life was in 1965 when he bought a super modified and sprint race car and often worked in the pits… Jerry and Carol had the time of their lives racing at the San Jose Speedway. Soon after that, Jerry and Carol gave birth to Sherri Ann on July 19th 1967. In 1986, they claimed their first race horse named Cool Walker, and started their racing at Bat Meadows. Jerry enjoyed playing golf in his spare time, with his best friend Jack Edwards. In Jerry’s younger days, he was an amazing water skier and tennis player. Jerry and Carol joined a bowling league, and Jerry’s skills were often thrown around as heated warnings to the other leagues. Jerry loved eating ice cream, in fact, he had it almost every night. He enjoyed watching his great grandson Damian, Jerry was an awesome “Bam-pa”, husband and father. Jerry was proceeded in death by his parents, Jay and Georgia. Jerry is survived by his beautiful wife, Carol Anderson, his daughter Sherri Anderson, his grandchildren Horizon Thayer and Will Van Booraem, great grandson Damian Nunez, and many family and friends.]
- Visitation Wednesday, September 25, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, September 26, 2019
- Committal Service Thursday, September 26, 2019
Jerry Wayne Anderson
September 26, 2019
Jerry and Carol at Steve and Rickey Kennedy’s 50th Wedding Anniversay celebration.
September 26, 2019
Trick skiing on Clear Lake.
September 26, 2019
I was 6 years old when I met Jerry and he was 17, during a summer vacation water skiing at Clear Lake. Jerry was an excellent water skier and I always attempted to one up him for the next 8 summers but it never seemed to happen. We were not related, however, as the years went by it felt like it. As the years passed I noticed that Jerry had the gift of gab (especially with the girls, from my younger perspective ) and he enjoyed life from the 1st time I met him until the end. Jerry was very generous to me and I was fortunate to be at his wedding to Carol, and then years later spend the summer with them when Sherri was born. We had a number of great times at the Stempel’s, Cask and Cleaver, and at Hot August Nights in Reno. My family and l will miss those great times and l am sad we won’t be getting that unexpected phone call asking my wife if I “can come out and play”.
Tina Hamilton Moessner
September 24, 2019
Carol and family,
Viewing all the photos of Jerry throughout his life shows what a full and wonderful life he had. A life he built and shared with you and a life you both chose to share with so many of us. I had never seen the photo of Jerry sitting next to me and my kids when you visited Ohio...it surprised me and brought back great memories. Thank you for including it in the collection - it means so much to me.
From my perspective, within our two family circles, you two were actually one. It was never just Jerry, it was never just Carol. It was JerryandCarol - all in one breath. We didn't think of one without the other and we never will. My heart is heavy for you - for all of us in his passing but the memories we have of him - of you both together bring smiles to our faces and our hearts. Jerry will live on through those memories. There are so many memories of our families being together beginning in the mid 70's when we moved to CA. The dinners at each others homes, the races, Jerry and Dad golfing, the private jokes and laughter shared...we became family in a very short time. And although many years later, life changes took my parents back to Ohio, I know that family bond never left. They love you dearly and wish they could be here to honor Jerry and support you during this time.
We all feel this loss deeply. I am forever grateful to you for allowing me to spend several mornings with Jerry while he was in the hospital. Seeing his smile widen when I'd walk into the room and that twinkle appear in his eye that we all loved so much, filled my heart.
Much love to you, Sherri, Horizon, Will and the entire family.
September 20, 2019
I have so many fond memories of The Anderson Family. When I was just a kid my parents became friends with Jerry from knowing him at his Shell station in Milpitas. He introduced us to his family and Sherri was my age and we became fast best friends and before long we weren’t just friends we were family.
Jerry and Carol treated me like one of theirs! I recall so many great times spent at their home is Los Altos Hills, summers and long weekends spent at the lake house water skiing. Car races at the fairgrounds, and rodeos as well as going to Grass Valley. I remember Jerry letting Sherri and I as young girls stock the coolers at the Shell station at the market as if we were adults running the show! Going to the track to watch the horse races.. hanging out at the country club after our dads golfed and ordering Sherri and I Shirley temple drinks. I remember loving to go watch he and my dad play 40 and over softball and then going to celebrate at the Round Table pizza place afterwards and then laughing about what muscle they pulled at the game! Our families were inseparable for many many years and I was very sad when we moved away from California and wouldn’t have all those great times with them anymore. They helped make my childhood and teenage years great and unforgettable! Most of all I recall always feeling special to this family and I knew they loved me like second parents and we’re so very good to me. I’ll never forget the nickname Jerry had for me and he and Carol still called me by that the last time I saw them 15 years ago “Missy”. I love you all very and thank you for all the wonderful times and memories.❤️