Jerald (Jerry) L. Steinbach passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2021, surrounded by his loving wife and 2 daughters after a tough battle with cancer. He was 61.
Jerry was born on October 10, 1959, in Tacoma, Washington. Growing up in an Air Force family, he spent his childhood moving around, living in: Japan, South Dakota, California, Moses Lake (WA), until his family finally settled Ferndale, WA in 1977. It was in Ferndale that Jerry met the love of his life, Leanne, whom he was married to for 36 years.
Jerry worked as a fisherman in Alaska and then at Bayliner for several years, before being hired at the Boeing Company where he had a successful 30-year career until he retired in 2016. His job with Boeing took him around the world with his longest abroad assignment being from 2000-2005 in Tokyo, Japan. This assignment allowed Jerry and his family to relocate to Japan where they made many memories and friends.
Jerry loved being outdoors, spending time at his home in Birdsview, and volunteering at Rasar State Park. He was an avid hiker and hunter who welcomed anyone along for a journey into the mountains. He had a love for music that granted him the ability to sing a song on demand for any occasion, he also had a silly comment or saying for any situation. He was a kind, generous, tell-it-to-you-straight, kind of man, and his child-like zest for life and sense of humor will be deeply missed.
Jerry is survived by his wife Leanne, daughters Amanda (Joel) Ingram, Nellie (Sebastian) Yzaguirre, sisters Lyndia, Sharon, Marg (Pete), as well as numerous other family and friends from across the world. In addition, he leaves behind his 4 precious grandsons, Austin, Jay, Eli, and Jaren. They will continue to carry on the legacy of their grandpa/papa for many years to come.
Our family will have a private ceremony later this summer, high in the mountains he loved. We will live our lives to honor his love with so much gratitude. We will cherish the many amazing memories, he will be in our hearts forever, until we meet again.
In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to Rasar State Park: https://givenow.waparks.org/give/344008/#!/donation/checkout