Wesley Vernon Ammer passed away peacefully in his sleep the morning of July 10, 2020 after a long battle with dementia.

Wes was born to Merlyn and Edabeth Ammer on March 16, 1941. He grew up in Fields Landing and attended Eureka High School. After graduating in 1958 he attended Humboldt State University for a short time studying Architectural Drawing.

In 1960 he met the love of his life, Jerri Ann Goltra. They sealed their love in a ceremony on April 15, 1961. In 1962 they welcomed their son Wesley Merlyn and in 1964 they welcomed their daughter Brenda Sue.

Wes was a shipping clerk with Brizard Matthews from 1959-1960. In 1961 he began a career with Safeway, starting as a produce manager and eventually working his way to assistant manager of the store.

After 35 years with Safeway, Wes retired. He was content spending time with his family out at their property in Ruth Lake. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and having all the grandkids out to spend time at the property, fondly known as “The Meadow.” In 2008, Wes and Jerri went onto a new chapter in their lives, moving to Oregon and enjoying RVing in their 5th Wheel. In 2010 they bought a property in Shady Cove, Ore. and enjoyed the last 10 years there. They returned to Humboldt County early 2020 to be closer to family.

Wes is survived by his wife of 59 years, Jerri Ann, his children Wesley Ammer and Brenda (Brian) McKenzie; grandchildren Brooke (Ashley) Williams, Travis (Mickelle) Ammer, Danielle (Matthew) Alves, Trent (Lauren) Ammer, and Jacob McKenzie; as well as five great-grandchildren, his sister Marilee, and nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Merlyn and Edabeth Ammer.

The family would like to thank Dr. Han and the staff at Eureka Rehabilitation and Wellness Center for the care that they gave Wes these last few months of his life. We would also like to thank Ayers Family Cremation for their compassion during this time.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Humboldt County Animal Shelter or Sequoia Humane Society.


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