Jerry L. Barske (1939 - 2017)

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INDEPENDENCE – Jerry L. Barske, Sr., 78, of Independence, died Friday, June 23, 2017, at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence.
Jerry was born on April 12, 1939 in Independence, the son of Richard and Katherine (Armstrong) Barske. He was a 1957 graduate of the Independence High School, and attended college for two years in California. On May 20, 1961, he was married to Helen T. Aldrich in St. John's Catholic Church in, Independence. Jerry was employed with the Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids for 19 years. He went on to join the Local 288 Union in Waterloo, where he served his apprenticeship to receive his Electricians Certification. He later became the manager of the Independence Light & Power Co., and was vital in bringing the fiber optic lines to the community of Independence. He also received the Citizen of the Year Award twice from the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce.
He enjoyed Golfing, fishing, and bowling, but he loved spending time with his grandchildren the most.
He is survived by his wife, Helen, Independence; a daughter, Terri (Junior) Gallup, Independence; two sons: Jerry Barske, Jr., Cedar Rapids, and Douglas (Margie) Barske, Independence; nine grandchildren; two step grandchildren; three great grandchildren; a sister, Sharon Meeks, Prattville, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers: Richard and Don Barske.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Catholic Church, Independence, with burial held at a later date. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to services Wednesday at the church.
In Lieu of flowers send contributions to the family addressed to: The Family of Jerry Barske, C/O Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, 216 3rd Ave SE Independence, IA 50644.
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from June 26 to July 1, 2017