Dec. 16, 1938 - Jan. 16, 2010
Jerry Roy Spainhower, 71, Jan. 16, 2010, in Enterprise, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Jerry was born Dec. 16, 1938, to Welby Roy and Goldie Pauline Spainhower, in Kaycee, Wyo. He was born the fourth of five children to Web and Goldie, who remained in Wyoming for a few short years before moving to the Pacific Northwest and finally settling in Pendleton. Jerry, who was blessed with natural musical talent, at the age of 5 began singing for local church services, civic organizations and radio stations. He had to stand on a chair while singing with his dad and brother, Carroll, on their weekly radio program, with his sister, Marilyn, at the piano. At age 9, at a school talent program he brought the house down by singing "The Kid with the Rip in His Pants". Thus was launched a long musical career.
Jerry attended school in Pendleton through his junior high years before enrolling in boarding school at Mount Ellis Academy in Bozeman, Mont. He was very active in the school’s music program and met many of his lifelong friends while there. In 1958, Jerry met Betty Krieger, and in April 1959, they were married in Billings, Mont. The couple then moved to Boise, where Jerry worked at a local mortuary. Their first son, Kevin, was born in September 1960, the second, Tod, in March 1964. Jerry then moved the family to San Bernardino, Calif. to purse a career in radio. He remained in radio for many years, eventually landing in Caldwell, Idaho, as an on air personality and sales manager. The couple divorced in 1970. Through his life, Jerry was very active in the music business, and in 2001 he made the decision to pursue a full time music career performing gospel music in venues throughout the United States and Canada. He recorded 14 albums of gospel music and has toured extensively while sharing his musical talent and spreading the love of Jesus Christ.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Laura, Enterprise; son, Kevin Spainhower and wife, Dee, their daughter, Ashlee, of Caldwell; son, Tod and his wife, Tracy Spainhower, and their daughter, Chelsee, and son, Jake, of Boise; two sisters, Marilyn Overbaugh of College Place and Dona Klein of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and brother, Carroll Spainhower of Edgemont, S.D. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Web and Goldie; sister, Rosalie Chamberlain; two brothers-in-law, Lewis Overbaugh and Gordon Klein.
A memorial will be held Jan. 24, 2010, at 10 a.m., at the Village Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 12th and Larch, College Place. A celebration of his life will be held Jan. 30, 2010, at the Enterprise Seventh Day Adventist Church at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in his name to Kenneth Cox Ministries, PO Box 1027, Loma Linda, CA. or on the Web at http://www.kennethcoxministries.org.