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Jerry Edward Dexel

09/06/1942 - 03/22/2024
Service Date: 03/30/2024
Service Time: 11:00 am
Service Location: Reata Rancho Clubhouse
Interment: Mancos, Colorado

Jerry Edward Dexel passed away on March 22, 2024, surrounded by his daughters and life partner. He was born in Flint, MI on September 6, 1942, to Jack and Dorothy Dexel. Jerry proudly served in the US Navy and was a sailor on the Henry B. Wilson. He was married to his high school sweetheart, Vera Mae Rodabaugh, on August 1, 1961, and had four daughters whom he affectionally called “his girls.” Jerry retired from Arizona Water Company as a Division Manager after 35 years of service. Jerry was a loving husband, father, grandpapa and friend.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Dorothy Dexel, wife Vera Dexel, daughter and son-in-law Rhonda & Billy Tate, and great-grandson Kage Schiewe. He is survived by his brothers Tom (Kay) Dexel of Seaside, CA, Dennis (Susie) Dexel of Ignacio, CO, Steve (Marilee) Dexel of Bayfield, CO, life partner Debby Sutch of Cortez, CO, his daughters Kim (Wade) Goodall of Mesa, AZ, Mischel Dusek of Tucson, AZ, Melissa (Steve) Streitmatter of Heyworth, IL, grandchildren Amber (Matt) Szymeczek of Vail, AZ, Casey (Vanessa) Goodall of Mesa, AZ, Ashely (James) Hinkle of Sapulpa, OK, Chance (Alyssa) Tate of Aquilla, TX, Kaylee Mason, Evan, Cameron, Sofia and Jenny Dusek of Tucson, AZ, Sarah (Robbie) Ashenbemer of Heyworth, IL and great-grandchildren Ella and Sawyer Szymeczek, Zach and Lilly Goodall, Zayda and Zackary Williams, Jake and Jayden Hinkle, Billy and Madison Tate, Elija, Peyton and Ollie Mason, and Ian, Wesley, Jane and Josie Ashenbremer.  Jerry also had a special relationship with Cory and Cyndal Sutch and their children Kaydence and Steven, who also called him Grandpa Jerry.

A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, March 30, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at the Reata Rancho Clubhouse, 9828 E. Pueblo Avenue, Mesa, AZ. A private graveside service will be held at a later date in Mancos, CO. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jerry’s name can be made to the American Lung Association.


Arrangements by Bunker’s Garden Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


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