Jerry L. Halter

December 20th, 1939 - January 23rd, 2014-

Jerry HalterJerry was born in Silverton to parents Tony and Eva Halter. He was later joined by brothers Ron, Bill, and Dick and little sister,

Laurie. He spent his early childhood in the Willamette Valley, and in 1947 his family moved to Central Oregon.

His years there were filled with adventure. He often told stories about hunting rabbits on his way to school and stashing his .22 in the ditch bank to do the same on his way home. He had a chance to experience a bit of Hollywood when he got the job of wrangler and played an extra in a few western movies being made in the area. Jerry’s parents, along with cousin John Zumstein, started the reindeer ranch. He and his brothers helped with their care and training. When he was fourteen Jerry spent the summer at the GI Ranch bucking hay and cowboying.

The family moved back to the Woodburn area where Jerry

graduated from high school in 1958. During that time he helped his parents run the Hubbard NH2 service. He also was a member of the National Guard and, in the early 1960’s began serving as a reserve police officer.

In 1963 Jerry met and married the love of his life, Sandy Jones. As Jerry worked his way up through the ranks their family grew to include Debbie, Tony, Shelli, and Kristi. Jerry especially enjoyed detective work and was nationally recognized for his success in solving a cold case file. He retired as Woodburn Police Chief in 1977 and went on to various family business ventures. He joined the Oregon Mounted Posse and served as a search and rescue volunteer. He was a lifetime member of the St. Paul Rodeo Association. Jerry, his dad, Tony, and brother, Bill proudly posted the colors for 40 years.

Jerry always dreamed of getting back to Central Oregon and sharing the ranching experience with his family. In 1981 they moved to Madras where they shared three fun filled years making memories with family and friends.

Business took them back to Woodburn with the intention of

getting “right back” to Central Oregon. Twenty two years later Jerry and Sandy made their move and settled on a farm in Culver.

Jerry will be remembered for his incredible devotion to his

family. There was never a question that they were his first priority. He was a man of honor, integrity and loyalty. Jerry had an amazing heart and a generous spirit. He had a wealth of knowledge and was more than happy to share his ideas and expertise with anyone who needed it. His life and life’s work are a living legacy he leaves behind for his family.

He is survived by his wife Sandy of 50 years, daughters Debbie (Brad), Shelli (Danny), and Kristi, grandchildren Seth (Sally), Katie (Travis), Ben and Ty, and great-grandsons Jet and Silas.

A celebration of life will be held Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. at the Inn at Cross Keys Station in Madras. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.