Gerald W. Lavy died peacefully at home on Jan. 21, 2019, in Yuma, Arizona, at the age of 78 after a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
Gerald is survived by his wife, Linda; children, son, Jody “Joe,” of Los Angeles, California; and daughter, Malinda Mardock (Kent), of Salem; and six grandchildren; Renee, Jasmine, Madelyn, Kenny, Kodee and Brody; brother, Carl Lavy, of Arcanum, Ohio; sister, Ruth Landes (Glen), of Englewood, Ohio; and brother, Marvin Lavy (Wilma), of Tipp City, Ohio.
He is preceded in death by father, Clarence Lavy, and mother, Marie Lavy (Sell).
Gerald was born on Aug. 3, 1940, in Arcanum, Ohio (Darke County), to Clarence and Marie Lavy. He attended Franklin Monroe School. He married Linda, the love of his life, in 1961, and celebrated 57 years of marriage. He lived in Ohio until moving to the Dallas area in 1965. He drove a truck for OrePac Building Products for 30 years and worked at Van Well Building Supply in the early 1980s.
Over the years, the couple welcomed two children into their home in Dallas. His children remember him as a kind, gentle, patient and hardworking father who encouraged them to lead Godly lives and pursue a career and occupation they enjoy.
Gerald was accomplished at many things, a “jack of all trades” including working as a farmer, real estate agent, professional truck driver and self-taught carpenter, plumber, electrician, mechanic and private pilot during his life. He was a talented and dedicated individual who loved the Lord and who was passionate about Bible study, gospel music and wood working. He had a gift of hospitality with the ability to visit with friends, tell stories and remember all the details from long ago. He was an active and dedicated member of the Salt Creek Baptist Church, Dallas, for many years and Chapel de Oro, Yuma, where he played harmonica with the worship team.
A visitation will be held at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center on Feb. 5 in the evening. A funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m. at Salt Creek Baptist Church, Dallas, OR with burial at Salt Creek Cemetery and a meal to follow at Salt Creek Baptist Church.
A celebration of life will take place Sunday, Feb. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Fortuna de Oro RV Resort, 13650 N. Frontage Road, Yuma, Arizona 85367. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Gerald’s life.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice of Yuma at 1824 S. 8th Ave., Yuma, AZ 85364, 928-343-2222 (www.hospiceofyuma.com); Village Missions, P.O. Box 197, Dallas, OR 97338 (www.villagemissions.org); Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Ste 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (www.pancan.org). Condolences can be sent to (https://www.legacy.com/funeral-homes/oregon/dallas/dallas-mortuary-tribute-center/fh-18087)
The family would like to thank the physicians and staff at Yuma Regional Medical Center, Yuma Cancer Center, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and Hospice of Yuma for their care and dedication during his illness.