WAVELAND --- Jerry Vierling is remembered as a good fisherman who loved the outdoors and truly loved children.
"He loved his two stepsons and three grandchildren, and they loved him," said his mother, Evelyn Reyer. "Jerry was a bit of a vagabond. He liked to travel."Vierling, 45, was a commercial fisherman, especially into shrimping and oystering before he was practically blinded by glaucoma.
"He was sometimes a showboat and liked to play jokes on his mama," she said. "I remember him in a school talent show in overalls and pretending to play a guitar."
He and his wife, Colette, loved animals and adopted two Chihuahua-mix puppies, Sassy and Little Man, from the Humane Society, Reyer recalled. "He worked part-time at the Humane Society to pay for the pets. Unfortunately they were lost in Katrina, too."
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His stepson, Edward Roberts Jr., said Vierling taught him to shrimp and was good with the boats and at picking shrimp. "He was my good friend."