Jerome "Jerry" Waldref was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on October 5, 1921, the son of Catherine Waldref. He attended Texas A & M, was a member of the 103rd Infantry Division Signal Company during World War II, and married Lois Camille Ream in Ramsey County, Minnesota; they had two children: Kathleen (1954) and Gregory (1960).
Waldref maintained dual residences at 7361 North Shore Trail in Forest Lake, Minnesota (where he operated the Waldref Seaplane Base on the lake) and at 670 Randall Road in Santa Barbara, California, at least from 1996 until his death in Santa Barbara on April 12, 2001. He was a member of the Soaring Society of America, and was a recipient of their Silver Badge Award (for a flight of over 50 km at a maximum altitude of 5,000 meters for at least 5 hours). He also received the Symons Memorial One-Lennie Pin for a glider flight at 25,000 to 35,000 feet, and the Two-Lennie Pin for a glider flight at 35,000 to 40,000 feet.
Apparently Waldref operated some kind of mineral store or tourist shop called "Waldref's" in Forest Lake and in Santa Barbara where he sold mineral specimens. Most likely he wintered in Santa Barbara and spent summers in Forest Lake.
Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002.
Social Security Death Index.
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