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Gerard “Jerry” Arnold Streelman went to his heavenly home on Sunday, June 26, 2011. He was born August 5, 1915 in Grand Rapids. He battled both Multiple Myeloma and Prostate cancer but was blessed to live to age 95.

For over 35 years, Jerry worked for Standard Oil Company. When he retired, he was a Construction engineer responsible for building and maintaining service stations in the west Michigan area.

He is warmly remembered by many as “Yardy”. During his fast pitch softball career, Yardy was noted for both his long ball hitting and his strike out abilities on the mound. One of his most notable achievements was in the 1952 Class A Fast Pitch ASA State Championship with Muller’s Bakery. He pitched his last game and retired from softball at age 60.

Jerry thoroughly enjoyed deer hunting with his sons in the Ludington area. He purposely stayed in good shape to be able to hunt well into his later years. When 82, he dropped an eight point buck with a single shot from his iron site 30-30 Winchester.

Friends and family often visited the White Lake Sylvan beach area where Jerry spent many of his retirement summers. He loved fishing for king salmon on the big lake and shared that love with invitations to fish with him anytime during the summer months.

As a WWII veteran, Jerry served in the Army in south pacific with the 126th regiment of the 32nd Division. He survived the Battle of Buna in New Guinea. He received the Purple Heart while fighting and was promoted to rank of Captain during the war.

Jerry was preceded in death by his first wife Helen (Adama) of 42 years in 1987; his second wife Jane (Gerbens) of 17 years in 2006; his sister Annette (John) Hoeksema in 2006.

He is survived by his children; Pat and Hank Boks, Gary Streelman and Ann DeMay, William and Diane Streelman, Bruce and Sue Streelman, Phyllis and Steve Zimmerman, and Valerie and Ethan Wright, Sister; Faith and Robert Rozema. Step children; Larry and Mary Gerbens, Dan Gerbens and Dick Hoving. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews, many grand children and great grand children.

In memory of Jerry, donations may be made to Sunset Manor in Jenison or Grand Rapids Christian Schools.

There will be a memorial service for Jerry on Saturday, July 9 at 1:00 pm at the Sunset Manor Chapel Auditorium located at 725 Baldwin St. in Jenison, MI.


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