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Gerald Wabschall

October 10, 1946 — May 18, 2022


Mr. Gerald “Jerry” Dean Wabschall of Kalispell, MT, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at the age of 75.

Jerry was born to parents Archie and Verna Wabschall on October 10th, 1946 in Williston ND. He grew up as the second eldest of four and, after a move to Hood River, OR attended Wy’east High School. In 1964 he graduated and joined the US Army, serving honorably in Korea and Viet Nam in the infantry and with the Special Forces.

In 1968 Jerry joined the Seattle Police Department and started a career that lasted almost 30 years, serving proudly the community in many roles that included patrol, patrol sergeant, detective, academy instructor, and field training officer.

Jerry was a self-described “Curmudgeon” on the outside was actually quite the teddy bear.  He loved the ocean and enjoyed cruising with his wife and family as often as he could.  He wrote poetry, loved bulldogs, and was a card shark of the top order.  His unique quotes were many…  if asked how he was doing, well, he was “Finer the frog’s fur!” or “I’m Pluggin!” and don’t forget, “Whatever’s fair in Mukilteo” if anyone can explain that little jewel?!?

Jerry understood he was loved because of all the kindness shown him from his church family. And, in his words, “some of that love was here on earth.” Jerry’s love for God was sincere and real.

Jerry is survived by his wife Carole, his son’s Archie IV (& Jill), Scott Keller (& Mariah), Rob Keller (& Nora), his daughter, Roxanne, his sister Dawn, nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Verna; his sister, Cathy; and his brother, Archie III.

A service will be held at the Aletheia Christian Fellowship at 330 N. Somers Rd, Kalispell MT 59901 at 10:30am on Sunday, May 29th.  Immediately after the service there will be a gathering to celebrate his life and memory. Friends are encouraged to visit our website at to leave notes of condolences for the family. Buffalo Hill Funeral Home and Crematory caring for the family.

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