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Jerry McCauley

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 8th, 2013

Jerry McCauley
Jerry McCauley, 79, of Depoe Bay, Ore., died of natural causes on Dec. 26, 2012.

He was born Dec. 11, 1933 to Jacob and Jeanette McCauley in Kirksville, Mo. Jerry graduated from Mexico High School in 1951. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann Isgrig, on Jan. 12, 1955 in Columbia, Mo. They proudly raised four children: Dan, Patricia, Carol and Douglas.

Jerry graduated from the University of Missouri in 1955 with a degree in entomology. He served in the U.S. Army as a trainer for Nike Ajax surface-to-air missile systems at Fort Bliss, Texas, reaching the rank of first lieutenant. When his service was up, Jerry went to work for his fatherís janitorial supply business, Atkins-McCauley Chemical Company, in Columbia, Mo. In 1958, Jerry began offering a new commercial odor control service, that he eventually called Aire-Master. In 1963, he established Aire-Master as a separate company and relocated to Springfield, Mo. He grew Aire-Master into a nationwide franchise system and manufacturing business.

Jerry retired as president of Aire-Master of America in 1997, naming his son, Douglas McCauley, as his successor. Jerry became chairman of the board and remained so until his death. He and Mary Ann spent their retirement traveling between their homes in Oregon and Missouri. They eventually moved to the Oregon coast permanently. Mary Ann McCauley died from a stroke in 2008.

Jerry was respected and loved by his family, friends, business associates, and employees. He had a joyful spirit and an outgoing concern for others. He loved to make people laugh, he gave many people an opportunity to be successful, and his Christian faith guided him in everything he did. Jerry served as an ordained elder in the Worldwide Church of God (now Grace Communion International) for more than 30 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Jeanette McCauley; wife, Mary Ann McCauley; son, Dan McCauley; and daughter, Carol Bosserman.

He is survived by his daughter, Patti Kilgore of Depoe Bay; son, Douglas McCauley of Depoe Bay; and granddaughter, Larisa Bosserman of Fargo, N.D.

A memorial fund has been established for those wishing to donate. Seventy-five percent of proceeds will go to sponsor a child in Sierra Leone through The Raining Season; Twenty-five percent will go to the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Visit the websites listed for more information (www.therainingseason.org and aquarium.org). Memorial donations may be sent to: Jerry McCauley Memorial Fund, Springfield First Community Bank, 2006 S. Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65804.

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