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Jerry Lee McIntire, 79, died on June 3, 2007, at Elvie's Home Care in Wasilla. At his request, there will be no services.
Jerry was born May 25, 1928, in Denver, Colo., and graduated from Kirkland High School in Kirkland, Wash. He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1952. After the Navy, he was self-employed and took many specialty classes. In 1981, he retired from the Alaska Department of Transportation as a mechanic. Then he went on to drive school buses for the Mat-Su School District until Dec. 15, 1995.
In 1960, Jerry moved to Alaska. Before moving to Wasilla he also lived in Eagle River and Anchorage (Rabbit Creek). He enjoyed tinkering with old automobiles, working outdoors, fishing and hunting.
His family stated, "His life was like a snowflake - it left a mark but not a stain."
He is survived by his wife, Edith M. McIntire of Wasilla; daughter and son-in-law, Kari and "Bobby" James of Anchorage; daughter and son-in-law, Sheilene and Stephan Ham of Wasilla; son and daughter-in-law, Shawn and Caren McIntire of Anchorage; former wife, Sharon McIntire of Anchorage; stepson, Michael P. McGraw of Wasilla; stepdaughter, Patricia McGraw of Minneapolis, Minn.; brother, Thomas E. McIntire Jr. of Tatum, Texas; brothers-in-law, David Stewart of Chugiak and Gene Thomas of Yakima, Wash.; sisters, Susan Williams of Anchorage and Sandra Amos of Odessa, Texas; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by both parents, daughters Pamela McIntire in 1971 and Patricia Hammond in 1992; and his sisters, Barbara Stewart and Marilyn Thomas.
Memorial donations can be sent to Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska, P.O. Box 4406, Palmer 99645.
His ashes will be scattered to the four winds.
Arrangements are with Valley Funeral Home and Crematory in Wasilla.
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