Jerry L. Vega, 61, of Forest City, died peacefully Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from pancreatic cancer at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 4:00 P.M. Friday, May 15, 2015 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City with Pastor Jim Mantel officiating. Per his wishes he was cremated and there will be no visitation. Private inurnment will be held at a later date.
Jerry was born on December 6, 1953 to Jess (Chuck) and Gladys (Lewis) Vega. He grew up in Clear Lake, Iowa, where he graduated from high school in 1972. Jerry was a very friendly, outgoing person. He could carry on a conversation with anyone like he had known them for years.
He also took a lot of pride in his job working for the City of Forest City’s Street Department and the Recreation Department. He enjoyed his job, making the town look beautiful. He worked there for 27 years and was forced into retirement due to a cardiac arrest in 2010. Jerry was a very kind and caring person. He would lend a hand to anybody that needed help.
Jerry loved traveling and went on many trips around the U.S. with his wife, Starla Vega and his step son, Brock Kielty. Jerry and Starla enjoyed going on day trips through the TSB bank. He also looked forward to his Friday nights when he and his family would go out to eat and try different types of food in the area.
He was an active member of the Boy Scouts until his cardiac arrest. He held the position of district committee member, assistant district commissioner, district member- at- large, unit commissioner, district advancement committee chair, committee chairman, pack 4098, chartered organization representative, pack 4098 executive officer, pack 4098 and institutional head, pack 4098, Lakeland.
Left to cherish his memory are his two children, Megan (Gilbert) Sambalyegula and grandchildren, Danessa, Imani and Keanyon Sambalyegula of Clear Lake, Iowa and Chad (Lorie) Vega of Napa, Idaho and grandchildren, Melissa Bate and Nathan Eveland and great grandchildren, Brayden Bate and Emmalynn Bate and Jordan Eveland . Jerry married his present wife Starla Vega in 2006. He had 3 step children, Alohna Ammons of Leland, Iowa, Brock Kielty of Forest City, Iowa and Brandan (Emily) Kielty and grandchild, Konner Kielty of Clear Lake, Iowa; brother, Charles (Chuck) and (Joan) Vega of South Dakota.; sister, Sue and Gerald (Rob) Roben of Dubuque Iowa; uncles, Peter (Pete) Vega of Mason City, Iowa and Ronald (Rulie) and (Gina) Vega of Los Angles, California; aunts, Sister Lucy Vega of Huntingtown, Indiana and Ella Abrahamson of Glendale, California. Many nieces, nephews, cousins and his buddy, an English Bulldog named Big Mac.
He will be reunited in heaven with his father, Jess (Chuck) Vega and his Mother Gladys Vega; daughter, Mollie Jo Vega and uncles, aunts, nephew and cousins. The family would like to thank Hospice of North Iowa for all the loving and compassionate care you have shown to Jerry and his family.