Gerald Warren
ELKTON, Md. - Gerald Warren "Jerry" Holden, 64, of Elkton, Maryland, died peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, at the home of a dear friend in Raritan Township, New Jersey.
Born in Cooperstown, Sept. 12, 1955, he was the son of the late Warren Norman Holden and Jeanette Lucy Day Holden.
Jerry grew up off a small, beaten path in Fly Creek, which was a hop, skip and a jump to the great Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
When Jerry reached 19 years of age, he decided to head out West to visit a friend. He wanted to see what the West had to offer in means of hunting and fishing. He made it to Nampa, Idaho. Jerry stayed in Idaho several days only to return home, but two weeks later he was back.
While living in Nampa, Jerry began working at Boise Cascade which jump started a long career in the corrugated container industry.
Jerry then met his first wife. Although the marriage did not last, he had the honor of becoming a father for the first time to daughter, Casey. Jerry continued to work and loved all that Idaho had to offer making it his home. It was during these years that he met his wife of 37 years, Katherine Holden. They had three children together, a son, Jesse and two daughters, Sammi and Hayley.
Jerry and Kathy continued living in Nampa until Jerry decided that he would head back to the east coast where there were more opportunities for work.
The family gathered up their belongings and made the long drive to New York.
The family lived briefly in New Jersey, several years in Colorado, but they eventually made Northeast, Maryland their permanent home.
In June of 1999, Jerry became a grandfather for the very first time to grandson, Jed. He was over the moon about becoming a grandfather.
In the years that followed he welcomed six more grandchildren, all girls. Girls who brought him so much joy and laughter. If you were around him, you would likely hear nonstop stories about his grandchildren. Jerry was very proud of his growing family. The family was again blessed with another grandbaby just this last year. Jerry loved to talk about the newest addition, his second grandson, Jett. He was so excited when Jett's first birthday came this year, so he could make sure to give him his very first BB gun.
Jerry was a lover of life. He enjoyed the very simplest of things. You could find him sharing stories about his family and he could always make you laugh. He had stories for days, as his life truly was always an adventure and he liked to think of it that way. He was a lover of music. He would sing and dance anywhere and with anyone. He quite frequently embarrassed his family and he loved it. Jerry loved photography since a young age and was constantly taking photos. It was very rare to see him without a camera draped around his neck.
Jerry was a kind and loving man. He would have given the shirt off of his back to anyone that may have needed it.
He was a giver, a giver of anything, including his personal items. If you liked his watch and told him that you did, he would take it off and hand it to you. It brought him great joy to see others happy and he would go out and buy another.
His sense of humor was strange and unique and at times completely over the top. This is was what always set him apart from the rest and he liked it that way. He had a quick wit and a smart mouth so if planning an argument, you had best come prepared. He challenged his children and grandchildren by always pushing them to be the best versions of themselves even when he, himself fell short.
Jerry enjoyed everyone in his life, especially his family, his children and his grandchildren. He was very proud of them all and he made sure they knew that. Jerry missed very few opportunities to tell those he loved most that he loved them. So, in Jerry's words "When you lay your head down on your pillow at night, make sure all is right in your world." Until the bumblebee comes back around the barn. We love you Dad.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bruce "Goose" Holden and his daughter Hayley's partner, who was dear to him, Gregory Halsey.
Surviving are a daughter, Casey and her husband, Kevin Miller; a son and two daughters that he shared with Kathy Holden, Jesse Warren Holden and his fiancé, Mandy Hess, Sammi and her husband, Kevin Taylor, and Hayley Holden; his grandchildren, Jed Myers, Josie Myers, Brooke Taylor, Harper Holden, Evelyn Halsey, Jocelyn Taylor, Charlie Halsey and Jett Holden; his siblings, Linda Holden Hogan, Richard Holden and his wife, Betsy, Carole and her husband, David Holden and Barbara Holden; several extended family members; and many dear friends.
Life celebration services will take place at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 7, at St. Mary Anne's Episcopal Church, 315 S. Main St., North East, Maryland 21921.
Following the services, all are invited for a time of fellowship and continued celebration at Valhalla Brewing Co., 41 Cherry Hill Road, Elkton, Maryland 21921.
Local services and cremation at Ewing Crematory, Ewing Township, New Jersey, are under the care and direction of Wright & Ford Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 38 State Highway 31, Flemington, New Jersey 08822.
Please visit Jerry's permanent memorial site at www.wrightfamily.com, where one can light a memorial candle and leave a message of condolence and words of comfort, as well as share stories and photographs of his life.
Published on October 2, 2019

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Penny Marshall
Oct 15, 2019
Although I didnt know Jerry or the family, as I thumbed through obituaries I wanted to just say I am so sorry. What an amazing obit, sounds like a wonderful man and person to know. Amazing parent and grandparent... Please know my heart is with you, May God bless and keep you and your family
Susan Holtje
Oct 02, 2019
Omg what can I saw about one of my closest friends from school. Jerry was so much fun to be around.One thing I will never forget was one night he gave me a ride home and the weather was terrible and his car slid into my parents house right through my Dad's work shop.I will carry your memories in my heart forever.I love you.See ya soon