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Van Etten: Jerry Eddy, of Van Etten, age 87, passed away June 30th after a brief stay in the Chemung County Nursing Facility. Jerry was the son of Carey and Jessie Eddy of Piercefield, NY. He was predeceased by a son, Mark. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; daughters, Linda Miller (Phil) of Palmyra, PA, Colleen Webster (Chris) of Southport, NC, Carrie Van Riper (Jim) of Morrisville, NY, Brenda Quick (Lloyd) of Candor, NY, Irene Anderson (Bill) of Yorkville, IL, and Kathleen Eddy of Simpsonville, SC; sons, James (Sue) of Greensboro, NC, Keith of Van Etten, NY, Kevin (Sherri) of South Padre Island, TX, Richard (Lori) of Reading, PA, and Robert (Yvette) of Canton, GA; 18 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Thelma Pepe; and several nieces and nephews. Jerry proudly served his country as a surgical technician in the 60th field hospital during World War II, serving in 5 campaigns. He attended Canton Ag & Tech and Watertown School of Commerce before becoming a Specialty Advertising Salesman, then owner of Eddy Advertising Service. Jerry was an active member of the Van Etten-Spencer VFW Post 8139 and the Candor American Legion Post 907. Jerry had a passion for sports and was deeply involved in local youth athletics. He coached Little League Baseball in Van Etten. Jerry helped established the Spencer-Van Etten Athletic Booster Club. He started the Middle School Wrestling Program at Spencer-Van Etten. Jerry was the biggest fan to his children in all of their pursuits. Friends are invited on Saturday, July 7th, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at 92 Main St., Van Etten, NY. The memorial service will start at 3:00, reception to follow. Military honor service at 6:00 p.m. at the top of Mt. Hope Cemetary, Van Etten, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the 'Mark Eddy Memorial Scholarship Fund', c/o Gloria Eddy, 12 Langford St., Van Etten, NY 14889.
Published in Ithaca Journal on July 4, 2012