Graveside ServiceFort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio, Texas 78209
Dr. Jerome Glen (Jerry) Lake, age 88 of Garden Ridge, Texas went to be with the Lord Jesus on Sunday, July 18, 2021. We rejoice despite our sorrow as he joined his beloved wife of 63 years, Claudette, shortly after she died 2 months ago. He spent the last 10 years caring for her, as she progressed through the stages of Alzheimer’s disease, initially in their home and the last nearly 7 years separated in a memory care facility. Now they both are home together in the loving Presence of the Lord whom they served throughout their lives. Together they raised their three children to love God, the Bible, country, and family. We, as their family, are grateful for that heritage and are challenged to continue that legacy in their honor.
Jerry was born August 3,1932 in Saginaw, Michigan to Charles and Pearl Lake. He was the second son of two children. He spent his entire childhood in Michigan, leaving the state when he received an appointment to the USMA West Point. After graduating and cross-commissioning into the US Air Force in 1956, he was stationed in Enid, Oklahoma where he received his flying wings and married a local girl, his wife, Claudette. They began a 22 year military career in Tucson, Arizona as a pilot flying KC97s and birthing their first child there before transferring to Moses Lake, Washington to fly KC135s, where their two sons were born. Afterwards, his aviation career took an academic turn. He went back to Michigan receiving his masters of science at the University of Michigan with a follow on to teach mathematics at the USAF Academy. After a yearlong tour in Vietnam, he went to the University of Oklahoma earning a PhD in Aerospace Engineering, then becoming an AF research and development manager. After retiring as a Lt Colonel in 1977, he had an impressive array of positions. He was an industry consultant/project manager for cruise missile testing; dean of two business schools; director of technology and engineering management at the University of Maryland; a faculty member at Defense Systems Management College; one of the founders of INCOSE, serving as the first president; a key member of author teams for both commercial and military standards on systems engineering; and the co-founder and chief scientist of Systems Management international (SMi), a consulting and training company, where he and his bride traveled the world. When they fully retired, they joined their daughter and family in Garden Ridge. Not content to be idle, Jerry began and completed before he died a chronological commentary on the entire Bible, which he would email out to all those interested in his writings. Regardless of all his successes and his accomplishments, his greatest joy in life was being with his family.
Jerry is survived by his daughter, Judy Wasserman and husband, Mark; his son, Jay Lake and wife, Hye-Young; his 5 grandchildren: Joshua Lake and wife, Rachel, Jennifer Nation and husband, Tim, JennaLee Wasserman, John Wasserman, and Nathan Wasserman; his 4 great-grandchildren: Cameron and Isaiah Lake, Norah and Ella Nation.
He was preceded in death by his lovely wife, Claudette; his parents, Charles and Pearl Lake; his youngest son, Charles (Chip) Lake; his brother, Charles (Chuck) Lake and wife, Eleanor; and his special great aunt Thelma Carstairs.
His grave site memorial service will be held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery Monday, August 9, 2021 at 11:30am. In remembrance of Jerry, you are encouraged to donate to Hope Hospice of New Braunfels. The family extends a special thank you to Home Instead, Hope Hospice chaplain Mike McClung, Abel’s Diner and many others. They helped us make his last years, especially during Covid, as pleasant and comfortable as possible as his health declined and loneliness increased.
A Graveside Service will be held at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on Monday, August 9, 2021, at 11:30 AM.