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Jerome D Lemickson

November 9, 1947 - July 29, 2020

“See you when I see you”

On July 29, 2020, at 72 years young, we said goodbye to Jerome after a very painful battle with metastatic prostate cancer that spread to his spine. He died very peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

Jerome was born in Windom, Minnesota to Burney and Millicent. His father ran a farm in Lakefield Minnesota, where his family lived until Burney’s death. At the age of 6, his mom, brother, and sister moved from the farm into town. Being a single mom, Millicent had to work, and Jerome remembered spending a lot of time on his Grandpa and Grandma’s farm. He had many fond memories and wonderful stories of fishing, hunting, trapping, and walking a mile to school in the snow.
At the age of 10 his mom married Harold Qualley and 3 years later his younger brother, Dave joined the family. He graduated from Lakefield High School and soon after joined the Air Force. He completed basic training for parts hustler and was stationed in Phu Cat, Vietnam where his unit was pretty much the 1st outfit there.

After his military service, Jerome returned to Minnesota and was 1 of 3 students to finish masonry school. He moved to North Kitsap in 1978 and immediately made many wonderful friends. He was a gruff and grumbly guy and his family and friends had many nicknames for him, but under that façade was the most loving and caring man who would do anything for them.

He was an accomplished craftsman. His masonry work is at many schools in Kitsap County: Gordon Elementary, Kingston Middle School, and Bremerton High School, to name a few. Many homes in the area have his personalized touch on their fireplaces, chimneys, brickwork, and foundations, including his own remodeled home. He loved wood carving and many of his fish carvings and hangers adorn family and friends’ homes. He was a master at cooking, baking, canning, smoking fish, making soap, gardening, fishing, and hunting, and loved sharing with everyone.

He was the best of the best and is already tremendously missed by his wife of 37 years, Debbie; son, Jeremy; daughter, Jessie and her partner, Reuben; grandkids, Paige, Averi, Russell, Gus, and Makinley; and siblings, Bob, Ronna, and Dave. He was the best son-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend to so very many.

We will all love you forever.

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