Gerald L. Costello

April 11, 1939 – May 24, 2017


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Gerald L. Costello

Jerry Costello passed away peacefully in his Redmond home on May 24, 2017, surrounded by his wife and children. A funeral mass in his honor will be celebrated at St. Jude’s Church in Redmond, Washington on June 24th at 10 am.

Gerald (Jerry) was born on April 11, 1939, the 4th and youngest child of Dennis Costello and Frances (Fuchs) Costello, of Clarkston, WA. His siblings were Del Costello, currently of Portland, Ore, the late James Costello (Elizabeth) of Greenbrae, Ca., and the late Marcella (Robert Jaspers) of Wenatchee.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 51 years, Barbara (Maggard) of Kansas City Mo., daughter, Christine (Spunaugle); Christine’s husband Eric, grandchildren, Tommy, Sarah and Michael Spunaugle, son Sean, Sean’s wife, Kristin Farr Costello, grandchildren Sadie and Lily Costello, in-laws, Mrs. Regina Cox, Dr. Patricia Neal, Col. Charles Neal, Joseph Maggard, Dr. Michael Maggard, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jerry was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Clarkston and attended elementary school at Holy Family, where he frequently served as an altar boy at daily Mass. He was very active at Clarkston High School, where he played football, basketball, and baseball, participated in student government, and performed in several bands.

Jerry followed his older brothers to Washington State University where he pledged the same fraternity they had, Phi Sigma Kappa, and received a degree in business with a minor in accounting. Jerry participated in ROTC and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in June 1962, upon his graduation from WSU. He was a proud patriot and served in the US Army at Fort Benning Ga., and Fort Ord, Ca., where he was honorably discharged as a Captain in July, 1964.

Jerry worked in the music business for several years as co-owner of a distributorship of tapes and records in the Bay Area, and in 1967 moved to Seattle. Jerry worked as an international recruiter in the tech industry, eventually owning and managing his company, EFG, Inc. which he ran for over 30 years.

Jerry was active at Holy Family Parish in Kirkland, where he served as a Eucharistic minister and president of the Holy Family School parents club. He also became deeply involved in a group that helped establish Eastside Catholic High School. Jerry and his family moved to Redmond in 1976 where they were among the first members of St. Jude’s Parish.

Jerry was a gifted singer and always loved music. He was a loyal member of the Skippers Barbershop Chorus, attending the national convention in Kansas City with the group. Jerry was a lifelong fan of jazz, and studied alto jazz saxophone with Jerry Coker in Monterey, CA.

Jerry loved nature, wildlife, and animals. With his sleepy family trailing along, he loved to “hunt”for animals and photograph them at dawn in their natural habitats, such as the forests and mountains of Washington and Oregon, and especially Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.

Above all else Jerry loved his family and always put them first. He was inordinately proud of his children and grandchildren, and bragged about them on every occasion. He was a kind, gentle, thoughtful man and will be greatly missed.

7 Responses to “Gerald L. Costello”

  • Dona Behler McCann says:

    Jerry was a good friend and a big part of my yong life. Many great memories of growing up with him as my next door neighbor. He could make me laugh so hard. He has always been a very kind and good person. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to visit with him and Barbara a couple of years ago. Always in my thoughts and prayers

  • Joanne says:

    A life well lived.

  • Dean Pope says:

    Jerry was one of my best friends growing up in Clarkston. We picked and ate a lot of raspberries in his sister’s patch, were cub scouts together, enjoyed music, played baseball and football together and then went to WSU where we both became Phi Sigs. We shared many adventures and misadventures in college and afterwards in Seattle and the Bay Area. A good friend will be missed and all who knew him can remember him as one of the “good guys”. Peace, Jerry

  • Katie Costello Jordan says:

    Always loved my uncle Jerry and his beautiful spirit. My dad and his sister and parents get him now. Rest In Peace Jerry. You will be solely missed.

  • Bob and Wanda (Trautman) Michael says:

    To Barbara Costello and family:
    Our prayers are with you all. Barbara we have fond memories of our visit with you and Jerry at our 40th reunion in Kent. I (Wanda) remember Jerry in grade school at Holy Family in Clarkston as well as High School. He was loved by so many and I know he touched so many hearts I can honestly say I never heard anyone say an unkind word about him.. His strong faith in our Lord was always evident. He was loved for his unique sense of humor. I’m sure he has them laughing in Heaven God bless you all and may Jerry rest in peace. Wanda Michael

  • Ken Whelan says:

    I will miss a GREAT friend and fellow humorist!
    He was the big brother that I never had.
    Eternal rest grant to him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

  • Don Francone says:

    Just found out Jerry had passed. We were fraternity brothers at Phi Sigma Kappa. He was really a lot of fun and really enjoyed life. I am sorry I lost contact with him. I know he is deeply missed.

    Don Francone

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