Jerry Wylie was diagnosed with dementia at age 62 in June of 2015. Jerry was Helicopter Crew Chief in the US Army between 1971-1974. He studied Criminal Law at Pikes Peak Community College and Linn-Benton Community College and was the founding Member and Past President of West Salem Rotary Club. Jerry had a 40-year career in Business Management specialising in business growth and increasing profitability.
For Jerry, not having a college degree meant always having to “work” his way up. For a highly specialised division of ICI Americas, Jerry worked his way up to US Western Region Manager, having charge of 1/3 of US and 1/3 of Canada to include manufacturing, distribution and sales of products for repair and restoration of major concrete structures such a bridges, dams and concrete road ways.
Jerry later managed and grew two local Commercial Construction Companies to the point that their owners were able to retire comfortably. He then took on the task of starting a New Branch of a Home Construction Company in a new territory. He was able to take that business from building zero to 70 houses per year in just 5 years, during this last recession.
In 2014 Jerry began having issues with short term memory, multi-tasking and organisation. In June of 2015, Jerry was diagnosed with dementia.
Jerry is a current Member of Dementia Alliance International (DAI) Board of Directors, an active guest speaker at Rotary Clubs across Oregon and works with the Oregon Alzheimer’s Association. This November will mark 44 years of marriage to his wife, Kathy.