June 7, 1924 - June
Published in Bakersfield
Californian on June 10, 2012
Jerry Pepelis was born
in San Francisco, CA, June 7, 1924, to Dimitri and Canella (Papadoupoulos)
Pepelis. The family moved to Modesto when he was 2 years old. He attended
Lincoln Washington Elementary Schools, Roosevelt Junior High School, Modesto
High School, and Modesto Junior College.
In March 1943 he joined the Army with his buddies and served in the Pacific,
The Philippines. He was with the team that captured General Yasimoto.
After receiving many honors and returning from the war in 1945, he attended
Fresno State and USC.
Jerry married Beatrice Callas from Chicago, Illinois. They have 2 daughters
Canella and Ruthie. The main love of his life was his family.
In the early 1950's he became involved with Major League Baseball and
was General Manager for the New York Yankees Farm Club when the Yankees
were affiliated with the Modesto Reds Baseball Club. He is a life member
of the Professional Baseball Players. He enjoyed putting together baseball
and celebrities golf tournaments and dinners for charities.
After baseball, he became a successful produce grower, packer, shipper
and salesman in the Imperial Valley, Bakersfield, Patterson area. Lettuce
and melons were his specialties. Having BBQ's during lunch was one of
his favorite pastimes.
Hunting and fishing were also enjoyed and keeping his vessel berthed at
Pier 39 to be available whenever he could get away to fish. A small one
was parked at home to fish the lakes nearby. Also, he enjoyed so very
very much having coffee with so many many wonderful friends.
Jerry made a gift to the Smithsonian Institute of National Museum of American
History Kenneth E. Behring Center for Agriculture.
Jerry was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars,
Purple Heart, Western Growers.
He is survived by his wife, 2 daughters and a sister. Jerry is preceded
in death by his father, mother, sister, brother and nephew.
A Trisagion Service will be held Sunday June 10, 2012, at 7:00pm. Viewing
will be from 4:00 to 8:00 both at Salas Brothers Chapel.
Services will be held Monday June 11, 2012 at 11:00am at the Greek Orthodox
Church of the Annunciation at 313 Tokay Ave, Modesto, CA. Interment will
be at Acacia Cemetery, Modesto.
A luncheon for family and friends will be held at the Greek Orthodox Church
following the burial.
The family requests in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity