Walter E. “Walt” Gerard Sr. of Irrigon, Oregon, was born on June 13, 1936 in Lexington, Oregon to parents, Ernest and Wilma Morris Gerard. He died on May 6, 2022 in Hermiston, Oregon at the age of 85 years. Walt was raised and attended school in Lexington, Oregon. He later lived in Hood River, Oregon where he worked in logging for a time and later as a supervisor at Diamond Fruit Growers. Walt was united in marriage to Evelyn Whitbeck on December 1, 1955 in Stevenson, Washington. They moved to Irrigon, Oregon in 1974 and Walt went to work for Oregon Potato. He retired in 2021 after 47 years, as the maintenance manager. Walt enjoyed fixing things, fishing, his cows, camping and farming his land. He loved animals and the grandchildren have many wonderful memories of him taking them to the Portland Zoo.
He is survived by his son: Walter Gerard Jr., Irrigon, OR; brother: Lawrence Gerard, Goldendale, WA; grandchildren: Jeremy, Rocky, Tiffany & Jasmine; great grandchildren: Hunter, Jade, Maylee, Coleman and Sadie; numerous nieces and nephews.
Walt was preceded in death by his wife: Evelyn Gerard; son: Roger Gerard; daughter: Delma Gerard and his parents.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, May 16, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. at the Desert Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Irrigon, Oregon
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.