GERALD E. "JERRY" KINERSLY Jan. 20, 1929 - Mar. 15, 2019 Jerry Kinersly, 90, passed away in Escondido, CA, surrounded by his loving family. Son of James C. and Talmadge Kinersly, he was born and raised in The Dalles, OR. Throughout his life, Jerry embraced his rural roots and considered himself a small town country boy. In 1950, he graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Business Administration. In college, Jerry proudly served as yell king, joined Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, and worked as a summer guide at Oregon Caves National Monument. Settling in Portland, OR after college, Jerry met the love of his life, Verna Lee Cutsforth, at work in the first year of his 40 year career in the banking industry. They married February 14, 1953, and raised their four children in Portland. During a 27 year tenure at US Bank, Jerry rose up through the ranks to vice president of commercial lending before leaving in 1980 to open, as president, a new regional bank in Newport, OR. This paved the way for senior banking roles in Los Angeles, La Jolla, CA, and Las Vegas. Upon retirement in 1993, he and Verna moved to the Sun City Summerlin area of Las Vegas. Volunteering was a big part of Jerry's life. He was Portland district chairman of the Boy Scouts and an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions Clubs. An avid sports fan, he enjoyed coaching his children in sports. He was a member and retired deacon of the Mountain View Presbyterian Church in Summerlin. In retirement, he and Verna volunteered as senior rangers for two summers at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. He was awarded volunteer of the year in his second summer with the National Park Service. Traveling and cruising were retirement highlights for Jerry. He and Verna toured the United States and most of the world. He will be remembered for his outgoing personality, genuine interest in people, sense of humor, and corny jokes. He is survived by his wife, of 66 years, Verna; children, Jan Marlia (Chris), Jill Colburn (Blake), Jay Kinersly (Lourdes) and Jeff Kinersly; brother, Dr. Thorn Kinersly; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson. A brother, James C. Kinersly preceded him in death. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, Jerry requested donations be made to Keep Memory Alive at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health or to Mountain View Presbyterian Church, Las Vegas, NV.
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Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal on Apr. 7, 2019.