Jerry passed in peace on August 26, 2022 at the age of 87. He was born in Modesto, California in 1934 to James Ichord and Marguerite Ichord (Peck).
Jerry attended the small country school, Milnes Elementary, and graduated from Oakdale High School in 1952. Jerry was quite the athlete in high school where he led the Oakdale Mustangs to many victories in baseball, and football. Following High School he married his wife Joyce of 68 years and the two of them raised their three daughters, Candy, Cheryl and Shelly. While raising his family Jerry worked several jobs as a milkman, a meat-delivery truck driver, and a cattle buyer for a meat company while raising cattle on the side. Soon he began cattle ranching full time on his ranch in Jamestown and after years in the business was named San Joaquin/Stanislaus County Cattleman of the year. In his retirement he shared his knowledge of the cattle business with his grandson Peter who now carries on the family tradition of cattle ranching.
Over the years Jerry enjoyed playing softball, golfing and fishing with friends. He loved to gather with family and friends and reminisce about the good old days. He enjoyed camping in the Sierras and trips to southern California with his family and traveled to South Carolina, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, and Australia with Joyce. He was a member of the Northern California Cattlemen’s Association, the Oakdale Saddle Club, the Oakdale Golf and Country Club and the Community Methodist Church of Oakdale.
Jerry was preceded in death by his daughter Candy Stokman and granddaughter Lindsay Moore (Stokman). He is survived by his wife Joyce Ichord, his brother Bill Ichord, his children Cheryl Dillwood and Shelly Ichord, his eight grandchildren and his six great-grandchildren. Jerry will always be remembered for his friendly smile, being a man of his word and his love for life. We invite friends and family to join us as we Celebrate his Life at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club on September 23, 2022 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that in Jerry’s honor to please make a donation to your favorite charity.
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