Jerry W. Mann passed away on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 at his home in Greencastle with his wife by his side.
He was born on Dec. 16, 1943 in Hattiesburg, Miss., to Gertrude and Fred Amacher.
After the death of his father on Aug. 8, 1944, his mother married Leonard Mann, who adopted Jerry and was a loving stepfather.
Jerry was a lifelong member of Amity Baptist Church, where he served many offices over the years. He most recently attended First Baptist Church in Greencastle, after moving to Greencastle in 2008.
He later was employed by and retired from the State of Indiana Department of Correction as a water treatment operator.
Jerry was a 1961 Cloverdale High School graduate. He attended both Hanover and Indiana State Universities.
He married Patricia (Nissen) in 1993.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Dawn (Jim) Brewer of Lawrenceville, Ill., and Deborah (Jamie) Steffy of Cloverdale; a son, David Mann of Clayton; two stepchildren, Melodie (Jim) Richardson of Danville, and David (Tina) Nissen of Fillmore; three grandchildren, Drew, Alex and Evan Steffy; eight stepgrandchildren, Jennifer and Jessica Jones, Kristina, Kaitlynn and Jacob Nissen, and Nancy, Marianne and John Richardson; a brother, Fred (Linda) Mann of Cloverdale; a stepbrother, Kenneth Mann of Florida; a stepsister, Lenora (Dell) Fossum, of Decorah, Iowa; and a sister-in-law, Linda (Wendell) Sommers of Plainfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents and stepbrothers, Richard and Gordon Mann.
For several years Jerry enjoyed flying his Cessna Airplane and traveling in his motor home. The last four years Jerry spent the winter months in southern Texas, where he had many friends. He was in the choir and was the song leader for special events at the Texas RV Park.
Jerry could be seen all summer in the Cloverdale area, mowing with his Dixie Chopper. He enjoyed mowing and did so for the past 35 years.
As well as his family Jerry is survived by his Cocker Spaniel "Harley," who was always by his side.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7 at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home, Greencastle, with Rev. Robert Hein officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6 at the funeral home.
Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.Hopkins-Rector.com.