Jerome Arthur Weigel
June 29, 1943 – March 8, 2018
Jerome (Jerry) Weigel, 74, died March 8th, 2018. A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 28th at 11 am at Mills and Mills Funeral Home, Tumwater.
He was born June 29, 1943 in Portland, Oregon to Jerome (Chum) and Dorothy Weigel. He was the first of seven children. Jerry met his wife, Barbara (Barbi), in Stayton, Oregon and lived in Salem, Oregon for many years then moved to Olympia in 1974.
Jerry Graduated from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and his Engineering in Training (EIT) Certificate in 1965.
Jerry was first employed by the Oregon State Highway Department where he worked in their Bridge Section. While there, he earned and obtained his State of Oregon Professional Engineering License in Civil Engineering.
He moved to Olympia, Washington to work with Arvid Grant and Associates; he obtained his Washington State Professional Civil Engineering License and again worked primarily with Bridge Engineering, being part of the Design Team for the new Innovative Pasco-Kennewick Intercity Bridge, across the Columbia River.
After several years with Arvid Grant and Associates, he joined with several other Professional Engineers to start their own Consulting Engineering Firm, “Advanced Engineering Consultants Inc.” (AEC). Jerry was responsible for many successful Innovative Projects, including the Restoration of the “French Creek Flood Control Structure” on the Snohomish River (this work being highlighted within the National, June 1979, Civil Engineering-News Magazine). During this period, he also earned and obtained his specialty “Structural Engineering Professional License”.
When Private Engineering Practice started transitioning into a Business Orientated format, AEC merged with JUB and Jerry went to work with the Bridge Division of the Washington State Department of Transportation. He worked there until he retired, as Head of the Bridge Department. He was proud but humble about his work achievements.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, golfing, wood working, and going on cruises. In his younger days, he loved to ride motorcycles, water ski, and go fishing. He volunteered for Habitat for Humanity by repairing furniture. Jerry attended St. Michael’s Parish in Olympia.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 53 years Barbi, daughter Glenda Walls (Ned ), son Wade Weigel (Maia Robson), sisters Barbara Larkins (Jim), Lyn Weigel, Cherryl Dunn (Dan), Joanne Lulay (Leonard), Diane Weigel (sister in law), and 2 grandsons Andrew Walls and Aidan Weigel. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Phil Weigel and Lee Weigel, and grandson Johnathon Walls.
Jerry upon death donated his corneas to SightLife.
Donations may be sent to CRI (Cancer Research Institute).
He will be greatly missed.
- Funeral Service Saturday, April 28, 2018