Jerry Needham

Died: Mon., Dec. 1, 2014


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Jerry Ray Needham, 67, passed away Dec. 1.

Jerry was born Dec. 15, 1946, in La Grande to Clifford (Bill) and Bettie Needham of Cove. He grew up and attended all 12 years of school in Cove.

Jerry married Marsha Carly in Union, and had two sons, Brian James and Bradley (Brad) Ray.

He married the love of his life, Darlene Ann Lissman, after a planned date set up by his sister, Joyce, and they married after dating for four months on July 3, 1976, in Burns. He had a logging accident 10 days before they were to get married, and so Darlene had to do all the driving during their honeymoon. He tried to talk Darlene out of marrying him after the accident, but was told he wasn’t getting out of it so easy. Jerry was unable to work after the logging accident.

Jerry and Darlene had two children, Kimberly Dawn Needham/Jones/Male and Bill Earl Needham. That same year, the two older boys came to Burns to live with them, and that was a great joy for Jerry to have his family together.

He always enjoyed all the sporting games, teaching hunter safety, and coaching baseball. He also enjoyed going hunting, fishing and camping with his family. He never knew a stranger, and always had family, nephews, and anybody else that wanted to go was always welcome to go along with him or his family. His favorite place to go camping and hunting was the Cove and Ladd Canyon area. He enjoyed the great outdoors. He always said he had nine lives and that he had used up 13 of them.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 37 years, Darlene A. Needham of Burns; sons, Brian, and wife, Kim, of Hines, Brad, and wife, Becky, of Mill City, Bill, and ex-wife, Becky; daughter, Kim Jones/Male, and significant other, Matt; grandchildren, Brianna, Jake, R.J., Sarah and J.J.; great-grandson, Maddox; sisters, Joyce Olsen, and husband, Ron, Judy Foster, and husband, Kevin; many nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and many friends, including Darlene’s family: father, Ray; sisters, Nila Rae, Carolyn, Sylvia; brothers-in-law, Bill Gubser and Jerry Wilcox; and brother, Dan Lissman.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bill; mother, Bettie, brother-in-law, Kris Lissman; mother-in-law, Nadine Lissman; a set of twin grandchildren, and many uncles and aunts.

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Norma Deming
   Posted Sat December 06, 2014
Jerry's family,
Jerry will be missed by a lot of folks, including us. I remember his laugh. He helped get my family out of a few snow banks!!! His family is in our prayers and thoughts.

With much love to you,
Norma Deming
Laura Boggs and family
Becky Needham and son Jake

Inga Skachenko
   Posted Sat December 06, 2014
Darlene,
My sister Norma told me the news and we are sorry for your loss.
Our condolence to you and your family. Prayers go out to you
and the family.

Love,
Inga and Fred Skachenko
Dickenson, North Dakota

darlene needham
   Posted Tue December 09, 2014
You will always be with me

Kimberly Jones
   Posted Wed December 10, 2014
I miss you daddy. You will always be in my heart and thoughts. I look forward to seeing you again in the future. RIP and party on up there in heaven with all the other loved ones we have lost in the past. Tell we meet again I love and miss you booger head.

Sarah Male
   Posted Sun December 14, 2014
I still don't want to accept that your gone... Not even two weeks ago you was telling me i couldn't write anymore letters because you cry like a big baby. This is the hardest thing for me to accept. This is the hardest thing ever.. Who am i gonna have to pick on me and call me the oddest nicknames that only you would come up with. I wish i could have seen you one last time, or even talked to you one more time. Your gone to soon!! You will always be in my heart and forever on my mind. Your were the best grandpa out there with all the crazy things you did. I miss you horribly already!! I love you til the end of time! I'm gonna graduate just for you!! R.I.P Grandpa Jerry "Old Guy"

rocky male and family
   Posted Mon December 15, 2014
condolences on you loss, Jerry was a great man,an will be greatly missed. be strong an know that you will see him again someday,an know he is no longer in any pain,an again in great health and smiling down on you each and every day as you grieve.

Sarah Male
   Posted Mon December 15, 2014
Happy 68th Birthday to the best grandpa any child could ask for! I miss you so much! Words cant even begin to describe how much i miss you. Its still so hard for me to accept the fact your gone, and its been two weeks. I love you to the moon and back more times than we can count. Im ready to see you again..
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