Gerry Allen Van Nostern, Sr.

Jun 11, 1965 - Sep 20, 2019


Gerry was born on June 11, 1965 in Clovis, New Mexico, the third child of five, to George and Atsuko. As a son of a career Air Force NCO, he moved a lot growing up. Besides New Mexico, he called Nevada, Arizona, Washington, Japan, Idaho, and California home at various times in his life. Ultimately, he planted roots in California, where he lived since 1994.

Growing up, Gerry expressed his talents as an artist. He loved to sketch: he would draw comic characters freehand, and would create elaborate scenes from his mind’s eye. He pulled from his imagination, curiosity, and observation in each of his unique works.

Gerry went to Yokota High School in Yokota Air Base, Japan, where he excelled in sports. He lettered in wrestling, and played baseball and football. There he also made many lifelong friends. Before his senior year, Gerry moved to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, where he graduated high school.

After graduation, Gerry moved to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. There he developed an aptitude for cooking, and combined his love for food and art to start a career as a sushi chef.

Gerry went to California in 1994, with the intention of renewing his visa to return to Okinawa. Fate intervened: he found a restaurant in California where he could continue his sushi craft, and where he met his first wife, Yuko.

In 2003, Gerry graduated from the California Culinary Academy, where he expanded his skills and passion for food and cooking. He hoped to open his own restaurant one day.

In 2005, Gerry married his wife Silvia and became her partner in raising Alex and Melanie. Later that year, Gerry and Silvia welcomed their son Gerry Jr. In 2015, Silvia gave birth to Mason, completing their family. Gerry’s love for cooking was overshadowed only by his love for his family.

Gerry died on September 20, 2019. Gerry leaves behind a wife Silvia, and children Alex, Melanie, Gerry Jr., and Mason. He also leaves older brother and sister George and Teresa, and younger sister and brother Teri and Gene.


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