Beloved husband of Kathleen Schober (nee Shaw) for over 66 years; loving father of Jerrie Lape, Lisa (Stan) Hancock and Kelly (Steve) Hancock; adoring grandfather of Jared (Ashley) Hancock, Chase (Michelle) Hancock, Sam (Emily Bergmann) Lape, Paige Lape, Blake Hancock and Tori Hancock; cherished great-grandfather of Cole, Sammy, Eli, Bennett, Liam, Brooks and Everli. Our dearest relative and friend to many.
After serving in the air force during the Korean War, Jerry returned to his hometown of Vicksburg, MS. There he met and married the love of his life, Kathy, following a ten day courtship.
Jerry began his career with the National Park Service utilizing both his history degree and love of nature which made his career choice a natural fit. Over his 31 years with the NPS, Jerry quickly advanced from a Park Ranger to Superintendent and was instrumental in the preservation and growth of many parks over the United States. His career led him and his family to live in seven very recognizable parts of the country. To name a few- Gettysburg National Military Park in PA, Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco, Calif. and where he ended his NPS career at the Gateway Arch National Park in St. Louis, MO. During his time with the NPS, Jerry interacted with many influential people that shared the love of history & preservation. Jerry’s personality drew people in, he even became buddies with Clint Eastwood and through his film productions was able to restore parts of Alcatraz to its natural state. Often governmental funds simply were not there to maintain or restore our parks, but Jerry’s knack to draw voluntary private funding for projects was commendable. When Jerry retired from the NPS (for only one day) he then took on the role as the Director of St. Louis County Parks. Jerry continued this role for four years.
His dedication to his career was admirable but his true love was his family. His love for Kathy, his three girls, son-in-law’s, grandchildren and great grandchildren was a bond no one could break. The life he provided, the experiences they have all shared are invaluable. Jerry’s devotion to God was always a part of his day to day life, he shared his love of Jesus to so many and through so many ways. Not a day went by that Jerry was not serving his Lord, through church as a deacon or teaching Sunday School or simply anywhere life took him.
The influence Jerry, a husband, a dad, a Pawpaw or a friend has made on us during his earthly journey is one we will all hold tight in our hearts and use as an example in our daily lives. He gave us a gift!
We love you.
Visitation at Kirkwood Baptist Church (211 N. Woodlawn Ave. 63122) on Friday, July 1 from 10:00 am. until funeral service time at 11:00 am. Interment at St. Lucas UCC Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions to Kirkwood Baptist Church appreciated.