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Obituary for Jerry Halleman

Jerry Jack Halleman
1949 - 2024

Jerry Jack Halleman was born on February, 23 1949 in Dallas, Oregon. Jerry passed away on January 8, 2024 surrounded by his beloved family in West Salem. He was the fourth of five children born to John “Jack” Wellington Halleman and Bessie May (Cresswell) Halleman. Jerry had two older sisters, Janet, and Joanne. His older brother Jack “Jackie” Richard died in a tractor accident at the dairy at the age of 16. Jerry and his younger brother, Jim Halleman remained close throughout his life. Growing up his family moved often causing him to change schools often. The longest his family lived in one place was in Weed, California, where they ran a dairy for three years. Jerry can remember getting up early to take care of the cows before and after school. His father grew up on a homestead outside of Billings, Montana until the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl made it necessary for his Grandparents, Chris and Hazel Halleman, to pack up their four children in the Model T and move to Oregon.
Jerry shared that as a young man, he had a deep need in his soul to experience all that life had to offer and throughout his life he worked hard and pursued new opportunities. In 1968, he married Lorella Unger and they had three children together. He taught Art and Pottery at Mc Nary High School in Salem. He later became the Director of the Art Department. He was a talented artist who continued to create pottery and jewelry in studios in Depot Bay and Silverton. He did some adjunct teaching at Chemeketa where he played a role in starting their Pottery Program. He later purchased a commercial fishing boat and fished the coast for several summers. He spent several years in the remodeling and new construction field. At one point he owned and operated Boone’s Treasury in Salem, where he found it rewarding to support up and coming visiting musicians. Jerry moved to Seattle, Washington and spent many years selling yachts on Lake Union. On December 31, 1994 he married Janis (Yeager) Halleman. They were married for 29 years and had one child together. Prior to his cancer diagnosis Jerry had returned to teaching in Mesa, Arizona. He taught computer science to K through 8th grade, and most recently Junior High. He loved working with children and continued to foster creative thinking. After Jerry’s chemo therapy and surgery, Jerry and Janis moved back to Oregon to be closer to family. They enjoyed gardening and treasured time with their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and extended family. Jerry lived with resilience and had a deep love for his family. He and Janis attended Sunnyslope Christian Reformed Church. Jerry spoke of his relationship with Christ and said that when the day came, he would leave us and join Him.

Jerry is survived by his wife Janis, oldest daughter Tatia Halleman (Darren) Schmidt preceded him in death, Robert (Crysta) Halleman, daughter Shauna (Ryan) Skinner, and Nathan Halleman. Jerry loved his grandchildren: Alexandria (Brandon) Johnson, Savanna (Zach) Smith, Quinn (Giselle) Syron, Trystan Weeks (Devyn), Kaia Halleman, Isabella Halleman (Skyler Clark), Shalisha Skinner, Ryan Skinner Jr, Allyna Skinner, Ray Jon Skinner, Daikeytay Skinner, and great-grandchildren Jeremiah and Jenesis Clark, and Rosa Syron. Jerry Halleman’s Memorial is planned for Friday, February 2, 2024, 2:00 pm at Sunnyslope Christian Reformed Church in Salem. Memorial contributions can be made online to Willamette Vital Health, (hospice care), or by mail at 1015 3rd Street NW, Salem, OR, 97304. Bollman's Tribute Center is caring for the family.