Gerald "Jerry" Milton Mooney, 87, of Ripley, NY and Rockwall TX passed away on January 10, 2013. Jerry was born in Conneaut, Ohio May 13, 1925.
He is predeceased in death by his parents Matthew and Orien (Kingsinger) Moonery, siblings James, Irene, William (Bill) and Merlin (Bud); son John
Mooney and grandson David Mooney. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jewell Faye (Ward) Mooney, sons Michael (Ellen), Paul (Kelly), Dan and
Stephen (Sheila); grandchildren Ann Mooney, Vicki Turick and Thomas Mooney, and a multitude of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and good friends.
A whirlwind courtship during the closing curtains of World War II found this Ohio lad hitching up to a Texas belle whom he met in New Mexico, and then
dragged her kicking and screaming to Harborcreek, Pennsylvania. They dreamed of a place of their own, though, finding it at the end of a dead end road
outside Ripley, and subsequently raised five rambunctious boys. Jerry attended Gannon College in Erie while assembling refrigerators at General Electric but is best known around Ripley as the mailman who carried rural route 2 for over 20 years and as a steady fixture at Meeder's restaurant. Jerry was a World War II B-17 navigator which led to his being an active member of the American Legion for over 50 years. He also worked with the Rural Letter Carrier Union for
over 50 years while volunteering 17 years with Ripley's fire department. Community service included being a Boy Scout leader and LOGIC member and
five decades of shows, fundraisers and parades supporting his town. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Mathew's
Funeral Home, 104 Main St. in Ripley, NY. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at Ripley's First Baptist Church, 9869 East
Side Hill Road (Route 76 at Side Hill Road).