GRASS VALLEY, Calif.
Gerald H. Lawrence, 82, of Grass Valley, Calif., died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, after a brief battle with cancer.
He was born Oct. 3, 1925, in Sandusky. He spent most of his life in the Great Lakes area. He was drafted into the U.S. Army at a young age. He spent his time in the service in the Philippine Islands. He was injured in the line of duty, receiving the Purple Heart and other medals of honor and valor for his country.
After his military service, he, over the years, worked as a crane operator, a warehouseman unloading trucks and a truck driver.
While living in Grass Valley, he was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Chapter 10788; serving for a short time as commander.
He is survived by his wonderful wife of 58 years, and the mother of his children, Janice L., whom he married in Greenup, Ky., in 1950; two sons, Terry A., a long-haul truck driver and Ronald A., a forklift operator at the 7-up plant in Sacramento, Calif.; and granddaughters, Tiffany A. of Sacramento and Lee Ann of Phoenix.
He was preceded in death by his son, Mark Lewis, deceased as an infant; parents, Roy John Lawrence and Gertrude Ward Lawrence; brothers, Robert Douglas and Gaylord; and sister, Betty.
Graveside services will take place at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Sierra Memorial Lawn Cemetery, 459 Hollow Way, Nevada City, Calif. Full honors will be rendered by the Nevada County All-Veteran's Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary in Grass Valley.