Jerry Mendoza, 74, of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Hiawatha Care Center. Funeral service: 10 a.m. Friday, March 15, at Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at the funeral home with a vigil service at 6:30 p.m. Burial: Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cedar Rapids. Instead of formal attire, please wear your favorite Iowa Hawkeye apparel.
Survivors include his children, Rick (Trisha), John (Shelley) and Kim Mendoza; grandchildren, Cameron Mendoza, Lauren (Tim) Chavez, Ashley Raulerson, Bella Mendoza and Korey Taube; great-grandchildren, McCartney and Maddox and Kinnick; siblings, Esther Holland and Carlos Mendoza; lifelong friends, Ray Pena and Jim Vasquez; and many extended family members and friends.
Jerry Richard Mendoza was born June 3, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, to Richard and Zenaida (Cortez) Mendoza. He attended Immaculate Conception, Jackson, McKinley and Washington schools. Jerry worked as a machinist for Midland Forge for more than 40 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, walking five miles a day, reading, watching college sports and critiquing the coaches especially the Hawkeyes, traveling to visit long-distance family, attending the Midland Retiree Breakfast, and enjoyed being sociable with friends and acquaintances. Jerry will be missed by all who knew and love him.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Jerry's family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at PCI, UnityPoint and Hiawatha Care Center for their generous care throughout his leukemia and cancer diagnoses.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Iowa Chapter.
Please share your support and memories with Jerry's family on his tribute wall at www.stewartbaxter.com under obituaries.