Gerald “Jerry” Colgan Bookey 1926 – 2014
Our dad, grandpa, great-grandpa, mentor and friend left us in the early morning of July 21, and was reunited with his wife Lois.
Jerry was born in Seattle on July 27, 1926, to James and Margaret Bookey.
He grew up in the Edmonds area, and graduated from Edmonds High School in 1944.
Upon graduating, he entered the United States Marine Corps, serving his country in the South Pacific.
He was an active member of Holy Rosary Church in Edmonds for many years, and often talked about the old Holy Rosary Church on the corner with the pot-bellied stove that was used for heating.
Jerry grew up in a family of hard workers and entrepreneurs. His parents had an egg home delivery service in the Seattle area while Jerry was growing up.
Often times, a date for Jerry and Lois consisted of her riding with him in the delivery truck delivering eggs.
Jerry always had a passion for the egg business, and in 1956 Jerry and Lois started an egg business of their own in the living room of their Edmonds home.
Together with many Bookey family members, friends and employees that have joined the company over the years, Northwest Egg Sales, later known as National Food Corporation, continues to grow today from the foundation that Jerry established with his hard work, honesty and integrity.
The company is still owned and operated by the family.
Throughout his career, Jerry held many leadership roles in the egg industry, helping to contribute to the foundation of the egg industry, United Egg Producers, and the American Egg Board as they are today.
He was chairman of the UEP from 1972 to 1973, a founder and board member until 2010 of the Eggs America Cooperative, and UEP’s egg producer of the year in 1974.
Jerry in his earlier days, when not working, could be found on his boat the “Egg N Us.”
Jerry and Lois had a love for boating with family and friends. They often entertained customers and business associates on the boat as well.
In his later years, they bought a motor home to see the sites. Of course, having a motor home now meant that vacations were often times tied around stops at various National Food locations to check in on things.
Jerry and Lois were married Aug. 21, 1947. They welcomed daughter Reland in 1948 and daughter Marselain (Marcy) in 1956.
When Lois’s health began to decline in 2004, Jerry stepped back from working full time and dedicated his full attention to his wife and her well being.
He was a pillar of strength and a role model for all with his dedication. When Lois passed in 2009, his heart was broken and he deeply missed her every day.
Jerry is survived by his daughter, Reland Lashbaugh, his granddaughters Shaun (Dean) McCann of Stanwood, Sam (Ryan) Guggenmos of South Hadley, Mass., grandson Preston Crouser of Edmonds, great-grandson Cameron McCann of Stanwood, step-great-grandchildren Jen (Chris) Shaff and their son Evan, and Nate McCann and his daughter Katelyn, siblings James Bookey of Anchorage, Ala., Vince (Jeanne) Bookey of Marysville, Wash., Patricia Arnold of West Hills, Calif., and Norma Gaston of Puyallup, Wash., as well as many nieces and nephews. His two kitties Tinkerbell and Jingles that were always by his side will miss him dearly.
Jerry is preceded in death by his wife Lois, and his daughter Marselain (Marcy) Crouser.
The family wishes to thank Cindy Steensa for her last 10 years of dedication to both Lois and Jerry.
We would also like to thank the caregivers that came in the last six weeks round the clock to help us care and comfort Jerry. Our family couldn’t have done it without all of you.
There will be a viewing from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, followed with a Rosary at 7 p.m. at Beck’s Funeral Home, 405 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds. The Funeral Mass will be held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Holy Rosary Church, 630 Seventh Ave. N., Edmonds; with a reception immediately following funeral.
Interment to take place next to his wife Lois and daughter Marcy at Holyrood Cemetery in Shoreline, Wash., following the reception. All are invited.
At his request, Jerry asked for no flowers, but to please make donations to two organizations that were close to his heart: the American Alzheimer’s Association and the American Cancer Society, as both of these diseases affected his family over the years.