Merle Jerome Abbott passed away July 4, 2012, in Medford, Ore. He was born May 13, 1936, in Portland, Ore. He served in the U.S. Air Force and retired from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Jerry is survived and mourned by his sons, Bob, Mike, Bill, and Marty Abbott; and daughter-in-law, Monica Abbott. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn E. Abbott.