Canby Funeral Chapel
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Jerome Duane Thelander
date of birth October 22 1951
date of death July 9 2020
Jerome Duane Thelander was born in Richmond California to Vergil and Odeane Thelander. He grew up in San Pablo, Concord and Walnut Creek California. He moved with his family to Molalla at the age of 14.
Jerome joined the Navy on January 5, 1971 to see the world, which he did! He did two tours in Vietnam and served at duty stations around the world as a Third Class Mineman.
Jerome and Judy met as teenagers working for Moorhouse Farms. They were married in 1973 in Molalla and made their first home in Charleston South Carolina. When they moved back to Molalla Jerome worked in the mills, at a bakery, and at grocery stores. The last 15 years he found fulfillment in owning his own small business.
Rebuilding and repairing automobiles, welding, helping people with their projects and creative fabrication were his hobbies. Jerome will be remembered for his wry sense of humor and a mischievous twinkle in his eye.
Jerome enjoyed driving and made multiple trips in the US and British Columbia. A highlight for him was a trip to the Grand Canyon which he crossed off his bucket list.
Jerome is survived by his wife Judy, two children and five grandchildren. Heather Sowa (Nick) and Soliel, Bohden and Cy of Mt Angel. Brian Thelander (Jessi) and Emerson and Everett of Canby. Also surviving are Jerome's mother, Odeane Thelander and his sister Charmain Taves; both of Portland.
His ashes will be placed at Willamette National Cemetery.
10 tribute candles have been lit
Candle lit by Staff at Canby-Molalla Funeral Chapel Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Danielle Dahlstrom I love you forever! Gone but never forgotten
Candle lit by B. Cruse Thoughts and prayers for your family during this difficult time.
Candle lit by Ali Dirks Wishing his family and friends comfort and solace during this difficult time.
Candle lit by Heather A Sowa I love you Daddy. There are so many things I will miss and a million wonderful memories I will carry forever.
Candle lit by susan layman our thoughts and prayers to your family
Candle lit by Craig &Lori Newman We will keep your family in our prayers for Gods comfort and healing hearts. Love you all
Candle lit by Jeremiah Wyatt Jerome cleaned our grease traps at the Portland Art Museum and always did a great job. He could always make me laugh. He will be missed by us at PAM and his family will be in our thoughts.
Candle lit by Jon Taves I don't have anything profound to say, just that I already miss you dearly, Uncle.
Candle lit by Pam Cook- Ames (Christner) & Rev. Greg Ames Our prayers are with you, Judy.