The Obit For Jerry Pepelis

Jerry Pepelis
June 7, 1924 - June 2, 2012

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 of choice.