Jerry Allen Key, 64, passed away Oct. 9, 2015, at the Grangeville Health and Rehab Center in Grangeville, Idaho. He was born on April 9, 1951, at John Day, Ore., to Oda and Thedis Key. He was born into a large family and grew up in Grangeville. He attended schools in Grangeville and then went on to graduate from Mr. Leon’s School of Hair Design in Lewiston, Idaho.
Jerry owned and operated his own studio in Craigmont, Idaho, for many years. He specialized in working on the hair of his mother’s best friends. He later moved back to Grangeville where he worked at Alicebelle’s Beauty Parlor until failing health and loss of his eyesight prohibited him from continuing to do what he loved. He truly enjoyed each and every one of his clients through the years.
Jerry loved to fish the Southfork and Newsome Creek. He also liked to play the lottery and could often be seen scratching lottery tickets. He enjoyed watching movies and continued to listen to the same movies over and over when he lost his eyesight. He also liked listening to books on tape. The thing Jerry enjoyed the most was his lifestyle of solitude.
He is survived by his brothers, Bill, Ken and Mike of Grangeville and Tony of Lapwai; his sisters, Betty Altman of New Hampshire and Sherry Pewitt of Washington; and many nieces and nephews.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Oda Jr. (Bo) and Leo; and his sister, Patricia Embrey; a sister-in-law, Ramona; and brothers-in-law, Gary Altman and George Embrey; and a nephew.
At Jerry’s request there will be a private family burial. Arrangements are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.
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