Jerry Allen Nickerson passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, March 26, 2006.
Jerry was born in Baytown, Texas, on October 23, 1930. He was the second son of Damon Nickerson and Lutie Laughlin Nickerson
His older brother was Darrell Nickerson.
Jerry will be remembered by his loving wife, Flora Mae, his son Jerry and his wife Marlee, his son Michael, his daughter Catherine and her husband Mike, his daughter Carolyn, his son Todd and his wife Jennifer, and his grandchildren, Kate, Sara, Jerry III, Laura Mae, Powell, Brock and Emma Ann. Jerry and Flora Mae were married on August 26, 1950. His dear personal friends, extended church family and many professional friends, join his loving family in honoring his long and happy life.
Jerry graduated from Baytown Lee High School in 1949, and attended Texas A&M University, graduating with a degree in Construction Engineering, Class of 1953. He served six years of Army reserves duty at the beginning of his career with Humble Oil & Refinery Company. After 38 years of dedicated professional service, he retired from Exxon Company USA, in 1991.
Jerry began his career building service stations for Humble. By the end, he was a leading engineer designer in the field of underground storage tanks (UST) with Exxon. His designs lead the industry in the migration from steel to fiberglass USTs. He installed the first fiberglass UST in the industry in Miami, Florida in 1970. By the end of his career, he was serving as a consultant to the United States Navy for the removal of the steel tanks at Pearl Harbor, and serving as an expert witness for numerous trial cases involving USTs. After retiring from Exxon, he continued his professional career with Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) where he wrote the coursework that is required by the State of Texas, for obtaining a license to install or remove USTs. His engineering contributions were many, and widely acknowledged. He thoroughly enjoyed teaching and sharing his knowledge. His students throughout the state all remember his sense of humor, and the joy he shared in learning with them.
His personal contributions to his family and his church were the core of his life. His complete dedication to his loving wife, children and grandchildren will continue to serve as an example to all those who were priviledged to be part of his circle of love and trust. He will be dearly missed, and he will live in our hearts forever.
The family will be receiving friends at their home on Wednesday, March 29, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Memorial services will be conducted on Thursday, March 30, 2006, at 1:00 pm, at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Conroe, 3500 N. Loop 336 West, Conroe Texas 77304. Memorial contributions may be made in Jerry's name to the First Christian Church of Conroe, Church Building Fund. His final resting place will be in the family cemetery in Chilton, Texas.