Obituaries: Jerry Tharp

Jerry Tharp, 76, of Bloomfield, Iowa passed away February 4, 2017 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. He was born September 7, 1940 in Bloomfield, Iowa to Fernando and Dorothy Van Horn Tharp. He married Terese Grider on December 28, 1962 in Winterhaven, California. Terese passed away on January 31, 2017. Jerry served in the U.S. Navy from 1957-1979. He then worked as a plant manager for Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, California for 20 years, retiring to Bloomfield in 1999. Jerry had an excellent work ethic, was a “people person,” and loved socializing with friends and family. He also enjoyed fishing when he could find the time.

He is survived by a son, David (Barbara) Tharp of Vista, California; two granddaughters, Jacqueline (Joel) Leon, Tamara Tharp both of Vista, California; mother-in-law, Agnes (Terry Rodriguez) McAleer of San Diego; two sisters, Irene Hougland of Bloomfield, Janet (Dick) Meyers of Iberia, Missouri; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; three brothers, Donald, Dick, and Charles Tharp; and three sisters, Helen Ritz, Mary Pickens, and Hazel Marie Tharp.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at the Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield with Rev. Tim Frasher officiating. Burial will be at the Bloomfield South Cemetery. Military rites will be performed by Reed-Whisler Post #78 of the American Legion. No visitation is planned.