Jack R. Hersee
November 27, 1922 ~ January 28, 2014
Jack was born in New Haven, CT to parents, Alwood Maitland Hersee and Ethylene Mae Elkins Hersee. As an only child, he grew up in Encinitas, CA until his mother’s death in 1935, then moved to Alaska with his father. He lived on the Kenai Peninsula, mostly around Soldotna and Homer, where his father based his hunting guide service. At age 16, Jack built a boat and began his commercial fishing venture and, in 1942 at the age of twenty, he entered the Coast Guard and was honorably discharged in 1946. He went back to Homer after his discharge and met Lillian Streich, whom he would marry October 3, 1947. Jack built their first home in Homer, but moved to Washington the fall of 1950, as their first child was to be born and there were no doctors yet in Homer. He built seven homes for themselves through the coarse of their life together. He worked as a carpenter, specializing in custom cabinetry, but was a die-hard fisherman who especially enjoyed the fishing seasons on the Icicle River and at Lake Wenatchee. He and his wife, Lillian belonged to the Chumstick Grange, Roving Grangers and the American Legion. In the 66 years they were married, they lived in Homer, AK, Edgewood, WA, Puyallup, WA, and built a beach house in Gig Harbor, WA, where they raised their children. They moved to Omak, WA in 1975, where Jack was a building inspector, then to Cashmere, WA, where they had lived for 30 years.
Jack’s wife preceded him in death in September of 2013. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dean and Patricia Hersee of Milton, WA; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Pat Gallagher of Cashmere; grandson and wife, Scott and Chiara Lamb; granddaughters and husbands, Melody and Don Hanawalt, and Nikki and Sam Elliott; and great-grandchildren, Giulietta Lamb and Paden, Nolan, and Emma Elliott.
A special thank you to Jack’s friends, neighbors and Cribbage partners, especially Cleo.
A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 15, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 401 Sunset Highway, Cashmere. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee.