Earl D. Jero, 79
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Earl D. Jero, 79, of West Lafayette, formerly of Brownsburg, died unexpectedly at 10:35 p.m. Friday, October 12, 2012, in the emergency room at St. Elizabeth Central Hospital. He was born October 5, 1933 in Beloit, Wis., the son of the late Clifford T. and Esther May Peterson Jero.
Earl graduated from Beloit Memorial High School and went on to serve in the U.S. Army 5th Armored Division from 1954 to 1956. His marriage was to Ramona E. Martin on December 16, 1961 in Beloit and they moved to Lafayette in 1972. Ramona preceded him in death on July 23, 1994.
From 1997 to July of 2012, Earl made his home in Brownsburg. Earl then married Kay Cool Anderson on May 21, 2000 in Las Vegas and she survives. He worked at Fairfield Manufacturing in the Tool Crib for over 24 years, retiring in 2004. After retirement, Earl worked as a greeter at the Sam's Club in Lafayette and the Meier Store in Avon. He also worked for several years at the Speedway Convenience Store in Brownsburg. Earl is a former member of Battle Ground United Methodist Church and Grace United Methodist Church. He was a life member of the Fairfield Athletic Club and a former member of the Men's Bowling Leagues in Beloit, Lafayette and Brownsburg. Earl enjoyed baking especially pies, flower and vegetable gardening and was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, Indiana University and the Chicago Cubs.
Surviving with his wife, Kay, is one son, Karl W. (wife: Suzie) Jero, of Lafayette; three step-children, Sharlyn Metcalf, of Deer Lodge, Mont., Dr. Robert (wife: Manette) Anderson, of Glenwood Springs, Colo. and Nancy (husband: Jeff) Hamilton, of Crawfordsville; two grandsons, Taylor N. and Kendall T. Jero, eight step-grandchildren, and nine step-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Lloyd E. (wife: Shirley) Jero, of South Beloit, Ill.
Earl was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Ramona; four brothers; and six sisters.
Visitation 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hippensteel Funeral Home with the service 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Hippensteel Chapel; the Rev. Larry Johnson officiating. Burial to follow at Tippecanoe Memorial Gardens with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to
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Published in the Journal & Courier on Oct. 14, 2012