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JERPBAK JEFFERY PETER
JEFFERY PETER JERPBAK
Jeffery Peter Jerpbak, a Chagrin Valley native, born May 29, 1945, in Hunting Valley; passed away April 10, 2009, at his winter home in Casey Key, Florida, with his son at his side. He graduated from Orange High School and Ohio University. Jeff assumed the presidency of Jerpbak-Bayless Company in Solon, Ohio, at age 30 after the death of his father, Carl, who founded the company in 1945. He retained the position of CEO until death.
Jeff was a lifetime entrepreneur founding his first company, Blue Dot Snow Stake Co., at age 12. He and a friend started and ran J&J Tree Service throughout their high school years when Jeff also worked alongside his father at Jerpbak-Bayless Co. His wide-ranging interests in finance, industry, publishing, and real estate led him to preside over such companies as Madison Mortgage, Stewart Bolling Co., W-J Inc., and to write an as yet un-published novel “Under Sabal Palms.” His Bainbridge Investment Co. assembled and sold land developed into the Market-place at Four Corners in Bainbridge, Ohio.
He was a long-time member of Pine Lake Trout Club in Bainbridge. Jeff was a lover of the outdoors, sun, sand and sea. He enjoyed golf, snorkeling, and exploring throughout the Caribbean, and at former homes on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Bonaire in the Netherlands Antilles.
He will be fondly remembered for his generous and sharing nature and his wonderful parties. He had many lifelong friends.
He is survived by son, Scott (Laura) of Bainbridge; daughter, Christy (Jesse) Theis of Kauai, Hawaii; grandchildren, Dana and Rachel Jerpbak; sister, Janet (Ted) Podolak of Mentor; nieces, Lauren Podolak, and Whitney Anzano; and cousin, Tom Jerpbak. Bonnie Jerpbak (Taren Hillger) and Deloris Jerpbak also survive. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Carl E. and Muriel P. Jerpbak; stepmother, Rhea Hanna Jerpbak; and cousin, Gary Jerpbak.
Family will receive friends 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at Stroud-Lawrence Funeral Home, 95 South Franklin St., Chagrin Falls. Interment Crown Hill Cemetery.
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