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Thanks for writing this John.

John, this is inspired!

Very well said John. I am so sorry and sad that he is gone, but what an incredible legacy he has left with all of us over the years.

One of my lower moments in life was after taking beating after beating from him on the racquetball court, I was told by someone that Jerry wasn't really left handed. One of my prouder moments is when he began playing against me right handed. One of the most selfless men any of us will ever meet. He will be missed.

Joel, that is really funny. I can still hear his mock evil guy laugh when he scored a point and which he only used if you had preceded that point by being so impolite as to attempt to score a point with your shot.

And thank you Lester. He was a most inspiring subject.

So proud of you for encapsulating all of my memories of him so well. So many great memories with he and Jeanette! When we are together in CA in 2 weeks, I can't wait to toast him, and talk about his legacy in all of the "Jerry's Kids."

This article in The Call, describes that quintessential Jerry picture. Jerry, champion of the little guy, proudly holds up his "I am John Doe" name tag. This was a perfect piece of Jerry's theatrics done with a very strategic purpose. Of course he had fun doing it as you can see on his face. This was his element. Appropriately, the ideals of Jerry imputed into me are probably why the SLAAP suit protection the lawsuit victim used, was available in only two states, California and Missouri. In a real life example of what goes around comes around, I had passed California's law in Missouri, unbeknownst to Jerry.


I too am a Jerry' Kid... and I am very humbled to have spent so many mornings with him at the Vetta Raquetball Courts. He is an inspiration to all of us.. with such a selfless approach to life. He will truly be missed.

"Age and treachery always beats youth and speed." This usually followed a well placed corner shot. Well written John. Jerry never met a man he didn't call a friend. In honor of my friend, I drink my Coke with two straws today.

Jerry Wamser was a honorable and wonderful man. What a great loss for Jeanette and all of us.

Jerry was a great man, a wonderful mentor, and a friend. He will truly be missed.

Jerry Wamser was kind, gracious, generous and ethical--the kind of man a true public servant should be. My sympathies to Jeanette.

hear, hear.

John, you wrote what many of us feel about Jerry. Thank you. FYI - Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 pm to 8 pm at Ziegenhein & Sons, 4830 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis, MO 63129. The funeral will be (tentatively) at 10 a.m. at St. Gabriel's, 6303 Nottingham Avenue St. Louis, MO 63109 with interment immediately after at Jefferson Barracks. The tentative time is because we have not received a time from Jefferson Barracks yet.

Thank you Phil; one more friendship started by Jerry over racquetball.

Whenever I think of Jerry, I think of his genuine respect for everyman, humility, soldier of justice, loving husband and always that easy beaming smile. It was a pleasure to work for him and I will miss him.

Jerry will be missed. May God keep him in peace.

I was fortunate to be one of "Jerry's Kids" back in 1995 & 1996. Thanks for writing this. I haven't seen him in so long, and I am so saddened by this news. He was a great mentor and friend. I beat him once in racquetball. Just once.

It has been a privilege to work for Jerry. I admired his wit, thoughtfulness and wisdom. My son, Paul, also became one of "Jerry's kids". What a blessing! It's been encouraging to have witnessed his eagerness in mentoring young men. He has left a tremendous legacy, and his life has given God glory. Way to go, Jerry!

Thank you for your kind words about my uncle - he was the closest thing I ever had to a father in my life, and was the kindest and most generous person I have ever known...the kind of person I have spent my entire life aspiring to be. I have not seen him in a couple of years and was looking forward to his and Jeanette's next visit to Colorado to catch up. I hope I can meet those of you who attend the funeral and thank you for your reflections on Jerry.

Great article. Jerry will be missed!

believe me, it gets dull without Jerry. But fight it. Bye, Jerry.

Jerry is certainly missed already by so many...........

Don't miss finding Jerry's Kids on Facebook.

John, this was inspired writing, and thoroughly captured the man that we all knew and loved. I'm proud to call myself a "Jerry's Kid!" He was one-of-a-kind, and it's still hard to believe that he is gone.

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