Obituaries: Jaclyn Neal Gehrke

Obituaries: Jaclyn Neal Gehrke

LONG BEACH - Jaclyn Gehrke, 56, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Long Beach on Dec. 26, 2008. She was born in Onawa, Iowa on Feb. 3 1952, to Jack and Nina Bouslaugh.

She was a 1970 graduate of West Monona High School in Onawa, Iowa. She moved to Washington state where she lived her adult life. She and husband Ray created and owned J&R Enterprises (a construction supply company) in North Bend, from 1987 to 2000. She also owned and operated Jaclyn Rose Antiques in North Bend. They semi-retired to Spokane before moving to Long Beach where they owned and operated the Mermaid Inn and RV Park.

The most important things in her life were her family and friends. She was known for her wit, humor, honesty and love. She had a wide variety of hobbies and interests, some of which were antiques, genealogy, travel, gardening and needlework.

Survivors include her husband, Ray Gehrke of Long Beach; son, Keith Manske and wife Rachelle of Lake Stevens; stepson Jeremy Gehrke of Bismarck, N.D.; two brothers, Donald Bouslaugh of Des Moines, Iowa and Richard Smith of Knox, Ind.; three sisters, Carole Bouslaugh of Edmonds and Cheryl Gentry and Rhonda Saylor both of Knox, Ind.; two granddaughters; four grandsons and 37 nieces and nephews. Her parents, a sister Audrey and a niece Elise preceded her in death.

A small memorial to celebrate her life will be held at a later date for family and friends. The guest book is available at

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