Jerald Ely of Dimock died Feb. 3 at his home. His spouse of 64 years is LeJune Pier Ely of Dimock.
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Born in Scranton, son of the late Frank T. and Daisy Carrier Ely, he graduated from Penn State University in 1942 and enlisted in the Navy Air Corps. Commissioned as a naval officer in 1944, he served until 1946.
He taught school for one year in Bradford, Pa., then owned and operated an insurance agency from 1947 to 1976. When he retired, he turned his hobby of beekeeping into a honey-producing business. In 1985, he was certified as Pennsylvania's first master beekeeper. He taught beekeeping classes and led the Susquehanna County Beekeepers Association. In 2004, the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association recognized him as Pennsylvania Beekeeper of the Year for his contributions to the field. As a consultant for Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance, he worked with beekeepers in Egypt, Belarus and Moldova.
Jerry was an active member of the Dimock Community Church. He served in the Wyoming Conference of the United Methodist Church as a member of the Sky Lake board of directors. He and his wife led an annual canoe camp for Sky Lake Camp.
He was a past president of the Montrose Rotary Club, past crusade chairman of the American Cancer Society, past president of the Susquehanna County Forest Landowners Association, member of Harford Lodge 445 F&AM, Hop Bottom, past president of the Susquehanna County Free Library and Historical Society, member of the Nature Conservancy, and member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.
Also surviving are sons, Kenneth and wife, Debbie, Brooklyn, Pa.; Douglas, South Montrose; and Stewart, Pelican, Alaska; daughters Kristin and husband, Richard Henshaw, Bainbridge Island, Wash.; Jeralyn and husband, Lanny Adams, Dimock; and Jean and husband, Charles Grube, Trucksville; 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; friends, Yasuko and James Straub, Kingston; and caregiver Julie Gregory, Montrose.
Mr. Ely was also preceded in death by three brothers, Wallace, infant Burford and Frank C.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in Dimock Christian Community Church. Visitation, two hours before service at the church.
Funeral luncheon is imediately following at Gardner Warner American Legion Post 154. Instead of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the EMHS Building Fund, 25 Grow Ave., Montrose, PA; the Susquehanna County Library, 18 Monumnt Square, Montrose, PA; or the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 207 Locust St., Montrose, PA.
Published in Scranton Times on Feb. 10, 2013