Jerry, son of Judson Wasson and Betty Evans Wasson Wright, was born in Tulsa, OK, on December 9, 1940. He spent his preschool years in Vera. OK, before moving to Collinsville, OK. He graduated from Collinsville Central High School in 1959 and went on to attend Oklahoma University for two years before transferring to Northeastern State College in Tahlequah, OK.
In 1962 he married Alexis Sikkink and they resided in Sedalia, Mo, where he worked as a bookkeeper. He relocated to Tulsa and worked as a mechanical engineer for Natkin & Company. In 1967, he and his family moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where he obtained work as a pipefitter. He worked on the oil rigs in the Cook Inlet. In 1968 the family then moved to Kenai, AK, while he continued to work in the oilfield and occasionally performed maintenance work on the refineries located on the Kenai Penninsula. For a five-year period in the 70's he worked as a commercial fisherman during the summer months. His beach sites were located in Chinita Bay, a remote area in the foothills of Illiamna. Illiamna is an extinct volcano located in Lake Clark National Park and provided a true Alaskan adventure for the family and many friends and relatives who came to visit and help harvest salmon.
Jerry continued to work in the oilfield and his work took him to Valdez, The North Slope Oilfield, and work on the Alaskan Pipeline. He eventually was elected as the business agent for Pipefitters and Steamfitters Local 367 located in Anchorage, Alaska. He remained as business agent until retirement.
Upon retirement, he and his family moved to Gepp, Arkansas, where they selected a remote piece of Ozark farm land with a "pristine" water supply. They lived largely "off the grid" selling solar power back to the electric company.
Jerry had three children with his first wife, Alexis: Jada Wasson Hylton (Texas), Audra Wasson Calloway (Alaska), and Jeffrey Wasson (New Hampshire). In 1990 he married Lisa Winch and had two additional children: Zachary Wasson and Leah Wasson, all living in Arkansas.
He is survived by the above plus brothers: Don Wasson, Phillip Wright, and Ted Wright, and sisters: Mary Wasson Elliott and Jane Ann Wright Schlueter. He has seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
In high school, Jerry played football and played baritone in the band. He attended Philmont Boy Scout Camp, and Boys State. He owned a red 1956 Chevy. The Chevy had no outside door handles to give it that sleek look and cut down on wind drag. Hence no inside door panels either. He worked at "The Collinsville News". Jerry was frugal to an extreme. He was also a mechanical wizard who could see potential in any scrap product with a motor. He accumulated quite a collection that he had planned to restore.
Jerry passed away December 11, 2022 after a lengthy illness.
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Jerry Wasson (2008)
Jerry Wasson (1959)