Dempster R Cherry Sr, 78, departed this life on Friday, December 3rd, 2021, at Loma Linda University Health – Murrieta. Dempster was a Vietnam era veteran, a member of the American Legion, an avid golfer and carpenter.
Born in Berlin, Maryland, he was preceded in death by his parents Preston R Cherry and Amanda Hester Purnell. He retired from the US Navy in 1983, where he had served proudly for 22 years. He was also formerly employed with the Chrysler Corporation as a Sales Executive. He served as a member of the Honors Golf Club for 15 years as a member-at-large, nomination committee member, parliamentarian, member of Junior Golf Board of Directors and Member of Board of Directors.
He is survived by his longtime partner and friend of 26 years Girlean Gober; three children from previous marriage - Roma Tarquenia C Rogers (Jeffery Rogers) of Dewitt, MI; Dempster Robert Cherry Jr of Corona, CA, and Mary Tamara Cherry of East Lansing, MI. 2 grandchildren Uriah N. Rogers (Megan E. Rogers) and Micaiah N. Rogers. Four bonus children with Girlean - Lamont Foster (Janeen Foster) of Temecula, CA; Billy Foster (Tracy Foster) of Dallas, TX; Rodney Foster (Samantha Mejia-Foster) of San Diego, CA and Deanna Marie Foster of San Jacinto, CA. 11 children, 3 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren.
A formal service will be held Thursday December 16th at 12:15 at Riverside National Cemetery. Followed by a private interment that will also be in the Riverside National Cemetery immediately after presentation of Military Honors.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Grimes-Akes Family Funeral Home, Corona, California.
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