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Gerald Franklin Pemberton 1924 - 2007

Gerald Franklin Pemberton, 83, died Oct. 4, 2007.  He was born on Feb. 12, 1924, in Dekalb, Mo.  His parents were Fred Myer and Gertrude (Linville) Pemberton.

He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army.

Gerald and his family moved to Phoenix in 1960.  He lived many years in Apache Junction; where he attended Ambassador Baptist Church. 

Gerald worked in many fields throughout his life: farming, meat packing, heavy equipment, home building, auto repair, water and sewer, and as an electro-mechanical technician.  He retired from the Federal Aviation Administration in Phoenix, Arizona in 1975.  It was in 2006 that Gerald moved to Cottonwood, and made his final home at the Cottonwood Village.

He was a man of many talents-that shows in the wide capacity of positions he filled professionally-but he also took several classes to continue to further the skills he possessed.  A good example would be receiving a certificate and financial award from the Central Air Defense Force at Grandview AFB, in Missouri for an idea to improve operations there.

Gerald leaves behind his wife, Alice (Wheeler) Pemberton of Cottonwood; his son, Everett Pemberton of Snowflake; his daughter, Judy Payne (Jim) of Clarkdale; his sisters, Mary Lou Johnson of Missouri, and Janice Ann Mann of Canal Winchester, Ohio; seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild-all of whom he adored and was truly proud of..

There will be a Memorial Service held at the Ambassador Baptist Church, 564 N. Idaho Road, in Apache Junction on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007 at 1 p.m.

An online guestbook is available at

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