Gerald “Jerry” Lee Drullinger of Overland Park, Kan., passed away Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, after a 32-year courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Jerry was born on Aug. 17, 1937, in Chadron, Neb., to Ralph and Stella (Brandt) Drullinger. His family moved to Palisade, Neb., in 1947, where he graduated from Palisade High School in 1955. After graduation from high school, he moved to Denver and worked for Body Line Const. Co., helping to build a power line across Pikes Peak. Jerry served in the United States Air Force from 1956-1960 and was stationed at The Lincoln Air Force Base with the 307th Armament and Electronics Bomb Wing.
He married Beverly Peterson on Oct. 19, 1958, at The First United Methodist Church in Gothenburg, Neb.
After his discharge from the Air Force, Jerry began a 36-year career with The Lincoln Telephone Co., where he worked as a cable splicer and switchman in Lincoln, then moved to the Fairbury, Neb., office in 1972, as a switchman and COE technician, retiring in 1996.
In 2000, Jerry and Bev moved to Flowing Springs in Beatrice, and in 2005, to Overland Park to be near their daughter and family.
He was a member of The Fairbury Elks Club, Fairbury Eagles Club, Wymore Country Club and CWA. Jerry was an avid “Husker” fan and has held Nebraska season football tickets for nearly 50 years.
Jerry enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and playing baseball and softball. He played semi-pro baseball for the “Bomber’s” baseball team while in the air force, and officiated high school football for many years. Special times were spent camping, boating and waterskiing with his family and friends at Harlan County Dam. Jerry will be remembered by all who knew him, as a man of faith with a kind and caring heart and a wonderful sense of humor.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly Drullinger, of Overland Park; daughter, Kendra (Michael) Miner and granddaughter, Kennedy Miner, of Leawood, Kan.; sister, Sharon Drullinger, of Norcatur, Kan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Donald R. Drullinger; and sister-in-law, Oleta Drullinger.
Memorial services will be held with greetings at 10 a.m. and services at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in Wesley Chapel at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Ave., Leawood, KS 66224.
In lieu of flowers, suggested memorials are to The National Parkinson’s Foundation, 1501 N. W Ninth Ave. /Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136-1494 or Vitas Hospice, 13316 W, 98th St., Lenexa, KS 66215. (Arr: Cremation Society of KS & MO,(913)-383-9888, www.kccremation.com).