1938 – 2019

Jerry Kelly Peavyhouse passed away peacefully at his home in Taft on the morning of Thursday, May 2, 2019 with his wife, Jackie, by his side. Jerry was born in Muncie, Indiana, on April 25, 1938 and came to Taft with his family at the age of four. After graduating from Taft Union High School in 1956, Jerry served in the United States Army until 1959. Jerry operated Peavyhouse Real Estate in Taft for 41 years, eventually running the business from his office at 620 Center Street, starting in January 1971 until he retired in 2007. He was involved in community and civic organizations throughout his time in Taft, serving on various community boards and organizing committees. Jerry’s favorite sentence in the English language was “It’s time for Dodger baseball,” spoken by Vince Scully. Jerry and Jackie found delight in hosting family for dinner, watching every Dodger game on TV, working in their garden and spoiling their grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Jerry was the life of the party whenever the family was together, whether he was grilling his famous ribs at a family pool party or making sure the kids had enough fireworks to last through the night on Fourth of July. Jerry is survived by his wife of 39 years, Jackie; daughters, Judy Wade, her husband, Matt and their sons, Ryan and his wife, Disa of Taft and Jason and his wife, Camila of San Marcos, and Gail Leonard, her husband, Robin, and their children, Jennifer, Seth and Kate of Bakersfield; sisters, Barbara Presho of Washington and Margaret Rose of Anchorage, Alaska; great-grandchildren, Tristen, Broxton and Royce of Taft and Mattias, Luca and Scarlett of San Marcos; brother-in-law, Sam Bailey, his wife, Sandra and their children, Elizabeth and Joseph of Santa Maria and brother-in-law, Tommy Bailey, wife, Brenda and their daughter, Ashley of Bakersfield. He is preceded in death by his father, Clyde and mother, Zoe; younger brother, Larry; and nephew, Benjamin. Don Cummings and Dennis McCall, both of Taft, were lifelong friends who met with Jerry every week to have dinner together, long after their time with the Optimist Club came to an end. Jerry first met Pat Hines, of San Dimas, at Conley Elementary when the two were kindergartners. They remained friends, meeting up annually throughout their lives. The family would like to thank Lia and Anna from Hoffmann Hospice and Timmy Mercado, a cousin who lent a helping hand whenever it was needed. To honor Jerry’s memory, the family suggests a donation be made in his name to a charity of choice. Graveside services are scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the West Side District Cemetery in Taft. There are no visitation hours scheduled and the arrangements are under the direction of the Greenlawn Funeral Home Southwest. www.GreenlawnM-c.com