John J Verellen (1930 - 2005)



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Fort Collins, Larimer County, Colorado


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Burbank, Walla Walla County, Washington

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Surveyor at Boeing,Ford Motor Company,Hanford,Owned Farmers Insurance Company in Goldendale Washington untill retiring in 1991

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United States Army 1950-1953, Served in the Korean War

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1930 - In the year that John J Verellen was born, as head of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America, William Hays established a code of decency that outlined what was acceptable in films. The public - and government - had felt that films in the '20's had become increasingly risque and that the behavior of its stars was becoming scandalous. Laws were being passed. In response, the heads of the movie studios adopted a voluntary "code", hoping to head off legislation. The first part of the code prohibited "lowering the moral standards of those who see it", called for depictions of the "correct standards of life", and forbade a picture from showing any sort of ridicule towards a law or "creating sympathy for its violation". The second part dealt with particular behavior in film such as homosexuality, the use of specific curse words, and miscegenation.

1937 - John was just 7 years old when on May 28th, the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge opened to cars. Taking 5 years to build, the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge was an engineering marvel of its time - 11 men died during construction. The "international orange" color was chosen because it resisted rust and fading. To the present, it is the symbol of the City that is known throughout the world.

1948 - John was 18 years old when on May 14th, the State of Israel was proclaimed by David Ben-Gurion, who became Israel's first Premier, and the U.S. officially recognized Israel. That evening, Egypt launched an air assault on Israel.

1968 - By the time he was 38 years old, on April 4th, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader, was shot and killed by an assassin in Memphis. James Earl Ray was apprehended and plead guilty to shooting Dr. King. Ray died in jail in 1998.

1989 - He was 59 years old when on November 9th, the Berlin Wall fell. The Wall was built by the East Germans to keep East Berliners from escaping into West Berlin, separating families and friends. When the head of the East German Communist Party announced that day that East Berliners could cross whenever they pleased, happy crowds surged across the border. People brought tools and took parts of the hated wall.

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December 20, 1930 - September 30, 2005

Jerry Verellen - 1949

John Jerald John Jerald "Jerry" Verellen
Burbank, WA

Jerry Verellen died September 30, 2005, following a brief battle with cancer.

Jerry was born December 20, 1930, in Fort Collins, Colorado. He was the first of seven children born
to Lambert and Lucille Verellen.

Jerry moved to Richland with his family in 1944. He attended Columbia High School in Richland. Jerry
served in the army from 1950 to 1953, and fought in the Korean War.

Jerry worked many jobs (as a surveyor, at Hanford, Boise Cascade, Boeing, and the Ford Motor Co.)
before opening a Farmer’s Insurance Agency in Goldendale, WA which he operated until he retired
and returned to the Tri-Cities in 1991.

Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Laurel, infant son Paul Michael, grandson
Kevin, and sister Patsy ('50). He is survived by his son Richard, daughter-in-law Evon, and special
granddaughter Laurel (Boo) of Richland; his son Paul Edward and daughter Crystal of Kennewick. He is
also survived by his sisters Beth Rainey ('52) and Annette Parnell ('56), brothers Bob ('62), Tom ('60),
and Jim Verellen ('69), and former wife Debbie Johnson.

A memorial service will be held at Christ the King church in Richland on Saturday, October 8 at 2 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Jerry’s name to Tri-Cities
Chaplaincy, Hospice house.


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