Gerald A. “Jerry” Neve
Jerry Neve passed away early November 1st, 2021 at home surrounded by his wife and daughter. He was born December 7, 1937 in Omaha, Nebraska to August Nicolaus Neve and Mary Elizabeth Nilius Neve. At his 4th birthday party his birthdate would become instrumental in shaping him into the proud Marine, country loving, flag-waving patriot that he was.
In 1954 he joined the United States Marine Corps, during which time met his wife Beverly Jean Brandt. Jerry and Beverly were married July 6, 1957 in Palos Verdes, California. They have 2 daughters.
Jerry worked his entire career for the United States Government, retiring as a welder/pipe fitter at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA. After retiring there he worked a few years as the resident plumber for the National Park Service in Crater Lake, OR.
In his early years Jerry taught many classes at Olympic Community College, Bremerton, WA in mountaineering. He was an avid mountain climber, ice climber and rock climber and was involved for many years as a volunteer for Olympic Mountain Search and Rescue. He climbed and summited almost all mountains in Washington and Oregon. He volunteered for Northwest Outfitters guiding river raft and kayak trips for Navy personnel.
In his later years he would join the American Legion Oregon Trail Post #150 in Portland Oregon where he served for several years as Chaplin.
He was an avid reader of war and military history building an impressive library.
In 2015 he and Beverly moved to Libby, Montana to be near daughter Cheryl and her husband Mike.
He is preceded in death by his parents, August and Mary, sister Jeanenne, nephew David Hager and his four-legged furry friends Big Max and Willie.
Jerry is survived by his wife Beverly, 4-legged companion Sara, daughter Cheryl (Mike) Roediger, Libby, MT, grandsons Jacob (Amanda) Roediger and Lilah, Jared (Andrea) Roediger, Britton and Jett all of Hillsboro, OR.
Daughter Pam (Jerry) Freemont, grandchildren Cory (Liz) Long and River Rae, Nichole and Mason Freemont all of Portland, OR. He is also survived by 3 nieces and 2 nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations in Jerry’s name to a Veterans Organization of choice. Schnackenberg Funeral Home, Libby, MT is caring for the family. A gathering will take place soon and will be announced on Cheryl Roediger’s Facebook page. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.
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