Thursday, 07Apr1932 - Sunday, 12Jan2020
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Jerry DeClue; he went home to the Lord on Sunday evening, 12th of January 2020, at McMahon Tomlinson Nursing and Rehabilitation in Lawton, (near Fort Sill), OK, USA.
Jerry was born to Charles Wesley (1888-1941) and Emma Loving (Burnett) DeClue (1897-1982) in Taft, CA, Kern County, USA, on Thursday morning at 0330 hours on the 7th of April of 1932. He is survived by his “Ol’ Brother” Charles Ray DeClue of Bakersfield, CA and his family. Ray is 92 years old and will be missing his talks with his “Jaybird”. Ray is always quick to share, “I am the only one to call Jerry ‘Jaybird’; Jerry would always make sure of that!” Ray says with a smile and a tear; all that saw the two brothers together witnessed that Jerry and Ray would talk and talk...and then not say a word over a meal while still being as happy as two could ever be! Brothers! Gotta love them!
Jerry is also survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Charles and Christie Lynn DeClue of Vacaville, CA, his stepson and his wife Yong Ho and Young Ja Bae of Santa Fe, NM, his grandson and his wife Jeremy Christopher and Jenny DeClue (& Trenity) of Castaic, CA, granddaughter Sunni Bae DiBenedetto and family of Elk Grove, CA, grandson HJ Bae and family of Fullerton, CA, grandson-of-the-heart Bradley Stephen Rowland and family of Bakersfield, CA, including Tae Seong Bae & family, the Hahm family, the Han family…all formerly of Lawton, OK, the Lee family of Myrtle Beach, SC, and of course, Kathy (DeClue) Jackson and family of Bakersfield, CA, Lawrence DeClue and family of Auburn, CA, and great-nieces Cyndi Knight and family of Bakersfield, CA, Rhonda Knight-Stallone and family of Kernville, CA , and great nephew John Knight of Bakersfield, CA, and so many dear cousins, nieces, and nephews additionally. Jerry was one for family, those who knew him best, knew him for his love of connection.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of over 40 years, Kimberly (Ok Dong Hahm) DeClue (1928-2006), his sister-in-law Lorene Ezell DeClue (1924-2009), his young nephew Ray Danny DeClue (1947-1959), his brother-in-law Yong Taik Hahm (1926-1992), his sister-in-law Duck Ja (Kim) Hahm (1936-2006), and his siblings as follows in order of their birth: Dorothy (DeClue Knight) Severinsen (1916-1969), Dorris Ann(Ana) DeClue (1918-1920), Emma Nadine (DeClue) Fierro (1921-1955), Donald Lee DeClue (1929-1991), and Judith Malinda (Snyder) Anger (1939-2002).
Jerry joined the Army directly after high school and again after college; he served several tours during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired from the service as E-7 Sgt 1st Class Artillery—or as Jerry would say…”No more Steel Rain for me.” He only flew once more in an airplane after retiring from the Army in order to say goodbye to his brother-in-law Yong Taik Hahm who passed 07Jun1992. He shared proudly that he “made it in time to say a final farewell” (accompanied by his wife, Kimberly) to his beloved brother-in-law for his wife Kim. “Kim had to say goodbye to her brother, and the only way was to fly and we did!” Jerry eventually moved back to Taft, CA (his hometown) and then moved for the last time to Lawton, OK. Jerry spent his time travelling with his wife, Kim until her passing. Jerry continued to travel all over visiting numerous family and friends, especially in California until that was not possible due to his failing health. He really wanted to keep driving like he always did; please know he really missed all of his friends and family in California and the driving up until the end. It was only his bad health that kept him from it. Jerry was always good for a joke or two; his laugh was very contagious. He really enjoyed socializing while eating out at restaurants. Jerry proudly served his country and loved the Lord. His viewing was held on Thursday, 23Jan2020, from 5-7pm (1700-1900) at Whinery-Huddleston Funeral Service in Lawton, OK. The chapel service was followed on Friday, 24Jan2020, at 12NOON at Whinery-Huddleston Funeral Service officiated by Minister Harley Davidson of Western Hills Church of Christ of Lawton, OK. Directly following the Chapel Services was Graveside Services with full Military Honors at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Lawton, OK. Thank you to Sgt 1st Class Griffin and fellow soldiers of Fort Sill, Oklahoma, USA for awe inspiring 21-gun salute, playing of taps, and presentation of our flag. Flowers by Ramon were beautiful. Also, a big special heart thank you to the Wolford-Esquer family of KaeDee DayCare of Lawton, OK. Betty Wolford and family of Lawton, OK (Kae Dee Day Care) has always been a big part of our family. Thank you to all who attended (HUGS) and to all who could not make the services, you were there in spirit. Jerry’s son—Jerry C. and family, felt the love and support from all over.