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Gerald Guy Mesenhimer

Anchorage resident Gerald Guy Mesenhimer, 73, died April 4, 2010, of heart failure at Providence Alaska Medical Center.

Jerry wanted no service, but friends are welcome to stop by his home and share thoughts and memories with his wife.

Jerry was born Jan. 8, 1937, in California to Joseph and Rose Mesenhimer. He graduated from Paramont High School in 1954.

In 1956, he moved to Alaska with his family. Jerry worked for the Carpenters Union. He worked on Providence Hospital, the Anchorage airport and many other buildings in and out of the Anchorage area. He loved working on cars and spent years racing out in Palmer. His license plate was 454 SS.

Jerry also loved to fish (he caught kings). His family wrote: "He spent three months every summer at Whiskey Gulch at their beloved fish camp. All his friends throughout the years showed their love for that camp and Lord, the fish stories he brought home to his wife. Lord, she laughed. Their big saying down at that camp was 'how big is it?' He will truly be missed there. They will keep his legacy around. His name was 'Show Time' and it will last at that camp forever. His boat's name was P.M.S." He was considered by many to be the "mayor" of Whiskey Gulch, they wrote.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lorna; son, Gregg of Bullhead City, Ariz.; brothers, Dennis Mesenhimer of Florida and Tim Mesenhimer of California; stepdaughters, Debbie Boot and Susan of Anchorage, Jennifer Owen of Seattle and Julie Storey of Texas; grandsons, Gary of California and Geoffy of Arizona; granddaughter, Amber of California; two great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Sandy Mesenhimer; friends, Jay Plumbly, Joe Gardner, Clarence Clark, Diana Gardner, Eve and Shirley Lemm, Bill and Lisa Miller, Karen Wallace, and Donny and Kelly Jellich; and his nieces.

He was preceded in death by his son, Guy Mesenhimer; and brother, David Mesenhimer.

Memorial donations may be made to the nearest animal shelter.

Arrangements are with Legacy Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Witzleben Bragaw Chapel.

Source: Anchorage Daily News, 10 April 2010



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