Jerry D. Church, 67, of Linton, died at 2:48 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, in Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes.
He was born March 30, 1936 in Coalmont, the son of Coy Bland "Mike" and Eldred I. Craig Church.
He was retired driller from Peabody Coal Company. He was a graduate of Coalmont High School, a Navy veteran of the Korean War and an Air Force veteran of Vietnam War. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, American Legion Post 224 where he was past commander, historian and district chaplain. He was also a member of Lodge 721 Free and Accepted Masons in Dugger, Scottish Rite Valley of Terre Haute, Zorah Temple of AAOMS in Terre Haute, High Flyer Model Airplane Club, was assistant softball coach at Union High School in Dugger, was coach of the Dugger boys and girls baseball and softball leagues and was a Boy Scout leader in Carlisle.
He is survived by his wife, Micki Hopkins Church, whom he married Oct. 11, 1959; three daughters, Tammy and Don Young of Brazil, Tracy Hunt and her fiance, Glen Prows of Linton, and Tanya and Scott Johnson of Austin, Ark.; two sons, Tim and Margaret Church and Troy and Leslie Church, all of Linton; three sisters, Jane and Don V. Staley of Clay City, Judy G. and John J. Whitaker of Cloverdale and Jessie J. and Rex Ireland of Terre Haute; two brothers, James E. and Brenda Church of Greencastle and John M. and Martha Church of Clay City; four stepsisters, Janice Brown of Linton, Margaret and Richard Schafer of Plainfield, Sarah and Fred Voorde of Elkhart and Dixie and Barton Richardson of Indianapolis; one stepbrother, Jack and Teresa Greenwood of Linton; and 13 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two stepfathers, Max L. Bicard and Ovid "Debs" Greenwood and one stepbrother, Don Bicard.
Funeral service is Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Anderson-Poindexter Memory Chapel in Linton with the Rev. David Tyra officiating.
Burial is in Indian Prairie Cemetery in Carlisle. Visitation is today from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home in Linton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 7363 E. 21st St., Indianapolis, Ind., 46219 or the American Heart Fund, Memorial and Tributes Dept. 77-3968, Chicago, Ill., 60678-3968. Whitaker Funeral Home in Cloverdale is in charge of arrangements.