Jerry Dedloff

May 9, 1931 — Dec. 15, 2009

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STARBUCK — Jerry Thomas Dedloff, 78, of 823 Highway 261 died Dec. 15, 2009, at Booker Rest Home, 1012 S. Third St., Dayton.

At his request, there will be no public services.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice through Hubbard-Rogg Funeral Home 111 S. Second St., Dayton, WA 99328.

Mr. Dedloff was born May 9, 1931, in Knox, Ind., to Tony and Lorma Folkers Dedloff. He came west to be a cowboy but became a soldier instead and served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954.

After his discharge, he was employed by Continental Drilling as an operating engineer in dam construction. His job took him to Madras, Ore., where he met and married Zonia Nance. They moved to Starbuck in the 1960’s and he worked on the Little Goose Dam.

He will be remembered by many as Santa Claus, a role he played for many years for Starbuck children, or for the cartwheels he turned at the football games to honor his sons and other team members for the touchdowns they made. He was also affectionately referred to as "The Great" in his wife’s newspaper column and also by his friends.

He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Mr. Dedloff is survived by his wife of 51 years, at the home; two sons, Jerry and Zonie Dedloff, both of Dayton; five grandchildren; Steven, Brittny, Kayla, Juinior and Angie; and three great-grandchildren He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers.

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