Gerald "Jerry" Milton Mooney, 87, of Ripley, N.Y., and Rockwall, Texas, passed away on Jan. 10, 2013.
Jerry was born in Conneaut, Ohio, on May, 13, 1925, son of the late William and Iean (Kissinger) Mooney.
He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings James, Irene, William "Bill", and Merlin "Bud"; a son, John Mooney; and a grandson, David Mooney.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jewell Faye (Ward) Mooney, sons Michael and wife Ellen, Paul and wife Kelly, Dan, and Stephen and wife Sheila. Also surviving are grandchildren Ann Mooney, Vicki Turick and Thomas Mooney; a sister Clara, a brother Carl, and a multitude of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and good friends.
A whirlwind courtship during the closing curtains of World War II found this Ohio lad hitching up to a Texas belle, whom he met in New Mexico, and then dragged her kicking and screaming to Harborcreek, Pa. They dreamed of a place of their own though, finding it at the end of a deadend road outside Ripley and subsequently raised five rambunctious boys.
Jerry attended Gannon University in Erie while assembling refrigerators at General Electric, but is best known around Ripley as the mailman who carried rural route 2 for over 20 years and as a steady fixture at Meeder's restaurant. Jerry was a World War II B-17 navigator which led to his being an active member of the American Legion for over 50 years. He also worked with the Rural Letter Carrier union for over 50 years, while volunteering 17 years with Ripley's fire department. Community service included being a Boy Scout leader and LOGIC member, and five decades of shows, fundraisers and parades supporting his town.
Visitation was held on Jan. 15 at Matthews Funeral Home, 104 W. Main St., Ripley. Funeral services were held Jan. 16 at Ripley's First Baptist Church, East Side Hill Road.