Jerry Roy Spainhower, 71, died in Enterprise after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
He was born to Welby Roy and Goldie Pauline Spainhower in Kaycee, Wyo., the fourth of five children The family moved to the Pacific Northwest and settled in Pendleton when Jerry was a child.
He attended school in Pendleton and began singing for local church services, civic organizations and radio stations when he was five years old.
He remained in Pendleton schools through his junior high years before enrolling in boarding school at Mount Ellis Academy in Bozeman, Mont. He was very active in the school's music program and met many of his lifelong friends while there.
In 1958 Jerry met Betty Krieger and in April of 1959 they were married in Billings, Mont. The couple then moved to Boise, Idaho where Jerry worked at a local mortuary. Their first son, Kevin, was born in September of 1960, the second, Tod, in March of 1964.
Jerry then moved the family to San Bernardino, Calif. to pursue a career in radio. He remained in radio for many years eventually landing in Caldwell, Idaho as an on air personality and sales manager.
Jerry and Goldie divorced in 1970.
Through his life, Jerry was very active in the music business and in 2001 he made the decision to pursue a full time music career performing gospel music in venues throughout the United States and Canada. He has recorded 14 albums of gospel music and has toured extensively.
Mr. Spainhower is survived by his wife, Laura of Enterprise; sons Kevin Spainhower and his wife Dee, Tod Spainhower and his wife Tracy, and Jake Spainhower of Boise, Idaho; two grandaughters; two sisters, Marilyn Overbaugh of College Place, Wash. and Donna Klein of Murfreesborough, Tenn.; and a brother, Carroll Spainhower of Edgemont, SD.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother; sister, Rosalie Chamberlain, and two brothers-in-law Lewis Overbaugh and Gordon Klein.
A celebration of his life will be held January 30, 2010 at the Enterprise Oregon Seventh Day Adventist Church at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in his name to Ken Cox Ministries P.O. Box 1027 Loma Linda, CA or on the web at www.kennethcoxministries.org.