Gerald Raymond Fournier
On Friday, November 4, 2022, Jerry Fournier of Dallas, TX passed away at the age of 92.
Jerry was born on February 12, 1930, the second of four children to Velma and Benjamin Fournier. Following graduation from Notre Dame High School he enlisted in the US Navy, serving as a radar technician on the USS Palau, an escort carrier. A Korean War veteran, he served in the Atlantic theatre.
Jerry met Peggy in early 1953 on a blind date. Peggy fell in love with his curly black hair and gentle disposition, and they were married on May 23, 1953, at Nativity Cathedral. Gerald Jr. was born in July 1954 in Mississippi followed by
Susan a year later in Louisiana and finally Betty five years later in Texas. Jerry would later joke that after 3 children in 3 moves it was time to stay put!
Jerry earned a BSEE at LSU in 1956 on the GI bill and a MSEE at SMU in 1960. He started his engineering career at Collins Radio but spent most of his career at Texas Instruments in government and defense programs. He was one of those
lucky people who loved his work that constantly challenged him. A devout Catholic with a strong moral compass, Jerry loved Math, Sudoku, the Dallas Cowboys, and chocolate. More than anything he loved Peggy and his family. When he married Peggy, her father warned him that Peggy didn’t listen, and she was spoiled. Jerry smiled and assured his future father-in-law that he’d take over spoiling Peggy where he left off.
Jerry and Peggy were married 67 years until her death in 2020. Their son Jerry Jr. died in 2011 and grandson, George Grimmer III in 2012. He is survived by his brother, Benjamin George Fournier of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, his daughters
Susan (George) and Betty (Brian), grandson Geoffrey Gerald Grimmer and granddaughter, Meredith Fournier.
Funeral Mass: Thursday, November 17, 9:30 am, Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 2800 Valwood Parkway, Farmers Branch, TX.
It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Tha you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you. Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad. Love, The Gillilands
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