In Memoriam – Gerald “Jerry” Sypkens (May 18, 1939 – January 12, 2024)

Jerry (former Lot #176) was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After attending college and serving two years in the U.S. Army, Jerry embarked on a career as a machinist, manager, and part owner of Duval Corporation, a parts manufacturer in Los Alamitos, CA , and opened his own aerospace parts manufacturing company nearby. After his retirement from Duval, Jerry owned a small nursery in Santa Ysabel, CA, and a security door business in Reno, Nevada.

Jerry’s friends know him and his wife, Roberta (“Robi”), as full-time RVers. They met in 2003 as part of the Wandering Individuals’ Network (WIN), an organization that provides ways for solo RVers to get together with fellow travelers throughout the country.

Jerry and Robi married in 2005 in Cody, Wyoming, while working at a campground in Yellowstone National Park. They traveled together for the better part of two decades, criss-crossing the country twice, traveling the Alaska Highway three times, and spending many summers working at our beautiful national parks, including Yellowstone, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and at a park near Mt. St. Helens. They also traveled throughout Canada, traveling as far east as Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Condolences to Robi and friends.

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4 Responses to In Memoriam – Gerald “Jerry” Sypkens (May 18, 1939 – January 12, 2024)

  1. Fred Prout says:

    Jerry will be missed by all. He was a great person and a great SKIP. Robi,you have our condolences.

  2. Elaine & Mike says:

    So sorry for your loss of Jerry. Robbie! We have missed him. He was our first visitor when we came to the SKP Park. Thank you for your friendship. Praying for you!

  3. Rick De Young says:

    I had the good fortune of knowing Jerry (and Robi) for several years after my arrival in Timber Valley. Our lot (184) backed up to theirs (176) and they were good neighbors! Jerry also preceded me as President of Chapter 9, and was always helpful and supportive of Chapter 9 local activities and rallies. Just before they left the park, Jerry and Robi moved to Mickey Thompson’s vacated lot and he loved to entertain folks in their new yard, alongside the Creek. We were all sad when they moved to Arizona. I miss you both, Robi, and pray that you have good health until you and Jerry are reunited.

  4. Carolyn Pennington says:

    So sorry for your loss Robi! We loved you both and have many fond memories of working together and your wedding reception in Yellowstone. You two are the reason we have a lot in Timber Valley now. Our prayers are with you and we hope you will visit TV soon!

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