Gerard A. “Jerry” Achterberg, 70, of 3081 West Oak Hill Road, Jamestown, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in UPMC Chautauqua WCA.
He was born Sept. 4, 1946, in Binghamton, N.Y., a son of the late Gerard A. and Edna Paula Titscher Achterberg.
Jerry was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from July 27, 1966, and was discharged from the U.S. Naval Reserves on Dec. 9, 1970. During his tour of duty he served on the USS Wrangell. He was a graduate of the Broome Community College where he earned his associate’s degree.
Jerry was known to friends and family as being loyal, trustworthy and honest. He began a distinguished career in the food service industry when he accepted a position as a sales representative for the Frosted Food Supply Company in 1974, in Hosreheads, N.Y. His natural talent and tireless work ethic propelled him to the position of District Account Manager and eventually Vice President and Director of Sales for all of Central New York and the southern tier with the Sysco Corporation. He will be forever remembered by his three sons as a true friend and role model. Wheather in school, sports of life, Dad was always there for us and for that we will be eternally grateful.
Surviving are his three sons, Brian A. (Kimberly A.) Achterberg of Jamestown, N.Y., Jason A. (Jennifer A.) Achterberg of Pine Valley, N.Y., Steven E. (Stephany L.) Achterberg of Corning, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Braxton Achterberg of Lakewood, N.Y., Brittany Snyder, Rebecca Snyder both of Horseheads, N.Y., Jacob Achterberg of Pine valley, N.Y., Madison Updyke, Ryan Updyke both of Corning, N.Y.; and his two sisters, Connie Albert of Hot Springs, Ark., Christine Austin of Afton, N.Y.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Janet M. Wilson Achterberg whom he married Aug. 9, 1969, in Buffalo, N.Y., and who died Jan. 31, 2003.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, in the Lind Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Chautauqua County Office of the Aging, c/o Francis G. “Mac” McCoy Fund or to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY 14701.