Gerald George Roessler

May 24, 1935 - Mar 28, 2021

Oak Hill Memorial Park
300 Curtner Ave.
San Jose , CA, 95125


Gerald (Jerry) was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA on May 24, 1935 and later moved to Philadelphia, PA where he was resided until he enlisted in the US Navy in 1955. During his early Navy days, Jerry earned the nickname “Rod” which many of his nieces and nephews knew him by. His final duty station was the US Naval Air Station at Moffett Field located in Mountain View, CA. Jerry was a Korean War Veteran and received an honorable discharge on May 17, 1958.
Following his discharge from the Navy, Jerry held a variety of different jobs and held a volunteer position as a Firefighter with the Morgan Hill Fire Department. Much of his life, Jerry worked as a Delivery Man for Flo-Del located in San Francisco, CA and Orinda Stage Lines located in Oakland, CA. In his later years, he served as a courier for a dental lab where he worked until he was almost 80 years old.
Jerry loved attending festivals where you could often find him on dance floor showing off his “smooth moves.” During his early years, Jerry was a fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia Eagles but he eventually adopted the San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ers as his “home teams.” He loved listening and watching his Giants play. He was also a season ticket holder for many years with the San Jose Giants where he attended many games. He could be found in the first row of bleachers on the 3rd base side most games. Jerry also loved boxing and competed in boxing matches as a youth in Philadelphia and continued boxing while in the US Navy.
Jerry was a resident of Santa Clara County most of his life until he relocated to San Joaquin County in 2016. He spent two years living in San Joaquin County until he relocated to Elk Grove, CA where he spent his final 3 years before his eternal rest on March 28, 2021.
Jerry was preceded in death by his first wife Arvilla Roessler with whom he had four children and his second wife Nathaliene (Natalie) Roessler with whom he had one child.
Jerry leaves behind five children; Deborah (the late Phil) Jones of Kingman AZ, Sandra (Cedric) Sims of Elk Grove, CA, Cynthia Lerwill of Lathrop, CA, Jerry Jr. (Connie) Roessler of Manteca, CA and Troy (Linda) Roessler of San Jose, CA. In addition, he leaves behind 14 grandchildren: Nichole Lerwill, Larry Roberts, Stephanie Godsoe, Bambie Jones, Melissa Roessler, Jerry Roessler lll, Marcus Sims, Michael Roessler, Adam Beaton The late Jeremy Beaton, Cedric Sims, Nathaliene Roessler, Cera Beaton, Aaron Roessler and 18 great grandchildren.
Jerry was also the stepfather to eight stepchildren; Ramona Ramirez, Kelli Blanchard, David Blanchard, Ginger Blanchard, Richard Blanchard, John Blanchard, Brien Blanchard, and Bret Blanchard and their families which includes an additional 18 grandchildren.
Services will be private and his final resting place will be Oak Hill Memorial Park in San Jose, CA.


  • Kelli Blanchard says:

    I love you dad so much. I will miss having Mexican food with you every time I came out to California. That will always be my favorite memory of you forever. Rest in peace Dad

  • Troy says:

    Rest In Peace Pops. I wish I saw you more often over the last few years but glad I got to see that Thursday. Thanks for doing what you could through the years and will see you on the other side. Give mom a kiss for me and tell her I’m sorry for being a pain in the ass as a kid. Love you and will miss hearing your voicemails where you always end by saying “give me a call when you can, nothin important”.

  • Sandra Sims says:

    Hey Dad yesterday was hard I was so used to going over there on Sundays and bringing your food and groceries and taking your laundry home and anything else that needed to be done. I would’ve had you here yesterday Easter for dinner no dad no dinner was done. i’m glad we had these last few years together getting to know each other the way we really should’ve been getting to know each other over the last several years.I’ll miss you hovering over me every time you seen me. Well I guess you trusted me I was the only one that you let cut your hair and shave your sideburns during this last year. Now I’m going to be bored on the weekends. I’ll miss you blowing up my phone because you were dialing me by accident By playing with your phone constantly turn your volume down.
    I love you Dad and I’ll miss you.

  • Cera Beaton says:


  • Linda Roessler says:

    I’ll never forget the time I smushed the canned cranberries on Thanksgiving for a pretty presentation and you were horrified. Thanksgiving will never be the same without candied yams and sliced (not smashed) canned cranberries just for you. You’ll be missed at baseball games and holiday dinners. Our family was fortunate to have so many great memories with you.

  • Ramona A. Ramirez says:

    Ramona, the eldest of your step children says:
    I Ws only 14 when mom brought you home, you said to me ” you must be Ramona”, I said yeah, and? You responded with, ” I won’t try & replace your dad, I’m marrying your mom, not her 8 kids”, So I said you must be nuts, if you marry a woman with 8 kids that’s exactly what your doing, marrying her & all 8 of them.
    We both busted out laughing!.
    Family thanksgiving in Santa maria, foundest last holiday together.
    You’ll be missed POP, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN EVER.
    You always loved my quick come backs & humor, that’s what got us Along.

  • Ginger Blanchard says:

    Pops I will always remember the first time I met you before I even was honored to be your step daughter I’m gonna miss our dances at the fireside am gonna miss your jokes and listening to your stories your hugs and I love you thank you for raising me from a young age you will always be my dad and a great dad you were you may be gone but you never will be forgotten I carry you in my heart always and forever rest easy dad give mama a great big kiss and hug I will see you again one day 😘😘😘❤️

  • Monica K Ramirez says:

    Grampa Jerry I miss u dearly now u lay to rest with my beautiful grandmother may u both rest in paradise I love you so much u will be missed so much grampa just over last few months I got my time with u video chatting and over pH ur Great grandaughter Clarissa was calling u every night u two became close she misses u as she called u her papa is heaven yes .ur legacy lives within ur kids ur grand kids greatgrankids .as the oldest granddaughter on mom side I was spoiled by u u took me every where Holidays were fun ur memory lives with in my soul forever love always ur pumpkin head love all my family .🙌🙏❣️ fly high grampa .tell grandma I love her

  • Bobby Jr says:

    So much to say but I’ll keep it short. Think of you every time I watch a ballgame. Wish I could have seen more of you while you were here but i know we will all see each other one day again. Give grandma a hug for me. Love you grandpa.

  • Larry M ROBERTS says:

    RIP grandpa Jerry. Triple triple f’ing bar

  • Cedric Sims says:

    Well I met my father- in- law Jerry back in 1986 and had seen him on occasions from time to time at family gatherings. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I really got to know him when I was able to spend a good amount of time with him when he moved to Elk Grove. I enjoyed some of the conversations he shared with me about his life when he served in the Navy and also when he was growing up in Pennsylvania. When he stayed with Sandi and I for several months we would watch Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. He was good at solving the puzzles on Wheel of Fortune. For somebody his age he would usually have a good comeback. One evening were going to watch the movie Equalizer 2 and I was having a problem getting my Blu-ray player to work. He said by the time you get that thing to work Equalizer 3 will be out! Well I am glad I got to know him!

  • Brett says:

    Wow, I don’t even know where to start. I had so many questions I wanted to ask you about the life that you had with my mother while I was a very small child. I wanted you to know that you have always been a father to me and a good one at that. I would like to share one story that dates back to the time when I was playing Little League I

    and had hurt myself. You came out and told me to shake it off and as you were rubbing my arm, my little brother yells from aside, “Don’t worry about it Dad, he’s not going to be playing baseball next year — he wants to take acting classes!” At which point, you looked me straight in the eye and asked, “Is this true Ducky?” I replied, “Yes” to which you replied, “That’s fine but you will finish what you started including this game and the rest of the season and we will look into what you want to do afterwards.” I did end up taking those acting and dance classes. To this day, my most cherished memory of my Dad would be whenever I looked up, he was there figuratively in the stands and on the sidelines, giving me a ride, picking me up and assuring me that he was always there (even the one time when my mother threw macaroni cheese in my face because I wouldn’t eat it and to this day, I don’t eat macaroni and cheese). He did end up picking those elbow macaroni out of my nose and told me that everything is going to be fine. He pulled some peanuts out of his pocket and told me to eat them for now until he could bring something to eat later and asked me not tell my mother! In a nutshell, he remains the only memory I have having of a parent. It

  • Nathaliene says:

    You were the only grandpa that I had and you were more than enough. You almost lost your job just to go to my high school graduation because your boss didn’t want to give you the time off and you dressed up nice and came to graduation anyways. In short, you spoiled me. There were a million things that you’ve said and done to make me feel loved but I can’t list them all here. I’m thankful for those memories and I’m thankful we shared our birthday. When I found out that you were gone I had so much regret for not seeing you in so long but I know that even if I had seen you in these past few years I would still feel like I didn’t have enough time with you. No amount of time would have felt like enough. No time would have been the right time for me to lose you but it’s not about me. It’s about you. I have heard that these past couple years have been really hard on you and that you just weren’t yourself. I know that it was time for you to get peace and rest. I will always miss you. Don’t worry, I won’t lose your number.

  • Deborah l Roessler-Jones says:

    Dad.. Hey its me The Long Lost Daughter….I can’t tell you how much I am thankful you came to me when I lost Phil, I didn’t know just how much I needed to you until you kissed my forehead in the Pizza Place..suddenly I was 5 again…you were My Hero … I love you..
    I will Miss you forever…..

  • Tammy O’Farrell says:

    I am not a part of the family but a good friend of Sandra‘s. We worked together and for the last three years , I watched her take tremendous care of her father. She gave him a place to live at her home.When he needed his own place, she secured a place for him to live ,she went grocery shopping , did his laundry , got him access to healthcare.She provided yummy home-cooked meals
    that she’s famous for.
    Thank you for your service and may you Rest In Peace.

  • Nathan godsoe says:

    Rip granpa i always loved talking to you when I could and I’m glad I got to know you before you past love you granpa

  • Jazmine Ross says:

    Rest in peace, grandpa. You were always fun to talk to and had so many funny stories and things to say. We love and miss you so much!

  • Nichole LaPlante ( Blanchard ) says:

    You were always so funny and kind to us kids. Although I did not have the pleasure of knowing you in my adult life, I will remember the joy you brought to me as a kid.

  • Stephanie says:

    We will forever miss you and your smart mouth grandpa. You werent ever afraid to say anything. I will never forget you calling michael pachyderm. I’m sorry I never got to take you on that bus ride to the casino but I will forever think about you while driving that big bus you couldnt believe i drove…..i remember seeing you and auntie cindy in jackson and you kept asking if i really drove that big bus out there. I love you and will miss you.

  • Cedric J. Sims says:

    I never knew him for most of my life but I did get to know him during the 8 months he lived with my family. He had a lot of good stories to tell. And when he got to know my other grandfather they would always joke with each other. I truly believed that he humbled himself before he passed. Rest In Peace Grandpa Jerry ✌🏽✌🏽

  • sandra sims says:

    As I sit here and read all the comments, Does it hurt, yes. still try to wrap my head around it. These memories are what me and my brother and sisters should’ve had. Am I disappointed by his step children’s comments no, not at all, they were their memories not their fault, not mine or my brother and my sister’s fault not even my dads. If I have to place blame I would definitely place it on my moms side of family. I had him nearly his last 3 years to my self. Would I change anything during the last 3 years, no. Guess I am happy I had those years. I miss you dad. What I would give to have been there in your time of need. I am so sorry I was not with you that morning.

  • Carolyn SILAR says:

    Jerry miss you and the cold beers you always had on hand after I worked out in the yard. You shared some background but I enjoyed reading your
    story. I know you’re in a better place.

  • Loretta De Los Santos says:

    Hey uncle Rod its me baby Loretta i just want to say Good bye and to let you know that i have always love you so much . Remember that time you and cera came over to my house and we sat in my out side , i think that was the last time i got to see you 😢i’ll never forget when you came over to my moms when i was small and you always made sure that when the ice cream man came by that i got my ice cream . I love you uncle with all my heart . Reat in peace uncle Rod 🙏🙏 you might be gone but u will always be in my heart 😍 love always baby Loretta

  • Bambie C. Jones says:

    R.I.P Grandpa! It was good spending time with you when you came out to visit. I love you

  • I will not forget the day we went to Haven Acres for the going away party. We had so much fun and watching you and your dad taking selfies and then doing snap chat or whatever it was Lol! Your dad was so nice and fun to be around.

  • Aaron Roessler says:

    Rest In Peace Grandpa. You are going to be missed by everyone that had the pleasure to know you. Love you

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