Jerry Wayne Green
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After a courageous battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Jerry Wayne Green, 71, passed peacefully on Friday, June 20, 2014 in his home in Raleigh, North Carolina. Jerry was born to the late Mary (Harris) and Woodrow Green in Birmingham, Alabama on June 16, 1943 and was the oldest of two children.
Jerry served in the United States Air Force as an engineer and then worked for NASA in the first Gemini space program. After sustaining life-threatening burns from a hydrogen explosion at NASA, Jerry went on to 40+ year successful career in structural steel engineering working in two states and three cities. He retired as the Executive Vice President for SteelFab of Virginia.
Jerry always had an artistic eye. He drew as a child and as an adult, went on to document and share his eye for the world as an avid and prolific natural and architectural photographer. Jerry was also a traveler, hiker, golfer, fisherman, and crossword puzzle-solver - not to mention opinionated politico and music collector. He was a generous, wise, compassionate and funny husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, neighbor and gentleman.
Jerry is survived by his beloved wife, friend and travel companion of 47 years, Wanda (Howell) Green. He also leaves a daughter, Krista Green Demas, son-in-law, Nick, and two grandchildren, Sofika and Jaiton. His sister, Sandra Scales and her husband, Larry, reside in North Augusta, South Carolina, and his niece, Rebecca Scales lives in upstate New York.
A service to celebrate Jerry's life legacy will be held at the Cremation Society of North Carolina at 2205 E.Millbrook Road in Raleigh on Thursday, June 26 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Jerry to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: http://pulmonaryfibrosis.donorpages.com/Tribute/JerryGreen; or by mail: Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation; 230 E Ohio Street Suite 304; Chicago, IL 60611-3201
Online condolences: cremationsocietync.com
Published in The News & Observer on June 24, 2014