Obituary: Jerry Lee Onken
Jerry Lee Onken of Chino Valley, AZ born September 24, 1936 in Hastings, Nebraska went to be with his Lord & Savior on April 5, 2018 in his home in Chino Valley with his wife and family at his side. Jerry was a man that never met a stranger and any that knew him loved him. His family was always his first priority. He was an avid outdoors man enjoyed golf, boating, water skiing, fishing, quad & Harley motorcycle riding and mostly flying all around the country in his plane. Jerry grew up in Hastings, loved being on his granddad’s farm; he graduated early and moved to Carlsbad, California when he was 17, but returned to Hastings after 2 months and helped out on the farm. He surprised everyone by joining the Air Force with his cousin Ken. In 1955 he married Claudette Heuer and started a family. After discharge he went back to California and started working with his father in the mobile home business and farmed for his granddad each summer. In 1980 Jerry married Robin Richter and the adventure began. Both of them loved traveling & when he semi-retired in the early 90’s they went to many exciting places. In 1999 at full retirement Jerry and Robin moved to Chino Valley to be near grandchildren and family and continue with traveling. Early 2000’s he had some health issues and needed a new kidney and in August of 2004 received one.
Jerry is survived by his wife Robin; son Mike Onken (Valerie); daughters Pam Onken (Buck), and Patti Radovic (Andre); grandchildren: Craig Onken, Janel Onken & Brook Radovic. Jerry was a faithful believer in his savior Jesus Christ and enjoyed reaching out to share the good news of Christ. He did this in many different ways, by feeding the homeless, giving financial help to those in need. Jerry’s Celebration of Life will be Tuesday April 17, 2018 at 10am at First Southern Baptist Church 1524 N. Highway 89 Chino Valley, Arizona.
In Lieu of flowers please give to: Donate Life AZ.org. or American Cancer Society c/o Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ. Arrangements by Chino Valley Funeral Home on Palomino.
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