The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 9, 2012

Jerry Lane Gamster

Published 10-9-12

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Jerry Lane Gamster was born Feb. 24, 1939, in Highland, Ill., and died Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla., after a lengthy battle with leukemia. Jerry grew up in Chicago and Wheaton, Ill., where he graduated from Wheaton Community High School in 1957. He attended the University of Tulsa, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. In 1961, he graduated and worked for several companies, including Field and Stream, as a salesman.

Jerry met and married Ronda Ree Thompson in 1973 after a three-month courtship. As Ronda says, they had “zing.” The two raised their children in Tulsa and then moved to Florida in 1989 so Jerry could start his own business. Jerry and Ronda returned to Tulsa, when Jerry retired in 2004.

Jerry will be remembered as a master craftsman, avid outdoorsman and an accomplished chef. He enthusiastically helped family members with remodeling projects and always arrived at family events with wonderful dishes or meat prepared in the smoker he designed himself. Jerry was known for his sense of humor and was always ready to entertain family and friends with his newest jokes. Throughout his illness, Jerry maintained his sense of humor and optimism. That optimism was an inspiration to his family and friends.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Ronda Gamster; two sons, Todd Gamster and wife, Claudine, of Illinois; Lance Gamster and wife, Lisa, of Illinois; three stepchildren, Eric Liggitt and wife, Frostie, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Todd Liggitt and wife, Kristen, of Oklahoma City; Suzanne Cunningham and husband, Frank, of Tulsa, Okla.; eight grandchildren; one brother, Lewis Gamster and wife, Louise, of Broken Arrow, Okla.; one sister, Jana Shewey and husband, Bill, of Enid, Okla.; numerous nieces and nephews as well as his beloved yorkies, Baxter, Dudley and Jessie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer Jay and Audra Lane Gamster.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Enid, Okla. The Rev. Susan Southall will officiate. Burial of his cremains will be at Memorial Park Cemetery in Enid, Okla.

Condolences and remembrances of Jerry may be given to the family online at

(Submitted by family)