GERALD NORTON FERRIS, JR.
84, of Deford, died Saturday evening December 19, 2020 in McLaren Flint. He was born August 30, 1936 in Brooklyn, MI to Gerald and Hazel (Turk) Ferris. He married Patricia Ann Crawford on August 8, 1959 in First Baptist Church of Cass City.
Jerry attended high school in Onsted, where he played on the football team. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the rocket division for three years, during the Korean War era. Jerry was honorably discharged, having achieved the rank of Corporal. He went on to attend and graduate from the Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies. Jerry was ordained in 1965 and served as pastor of Ocqueoc Baptist Church for thirteen years. Following the pastorate, he was employed by and retired from Cole Carbide. Jerry enjoyed teaching and serving in the local Baptist church. He was passionate about passing out gospel tracts. Jerry loved all things cowboy, especially western movies featuring Gene Autry. He could always be found in the stands at the sporting events of his children and grandchildren, proudly supporting them.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Patricia; children: Cassidy (Leah) Ferris of Saginaw, Randal (Alesia) Ferris of Fowlerville, Raymond (Bonnie) Ferris of Deford; grandchildren: Jesika (James) Struve, Tyler (Allison) Ferris, Lance (Rachel) Ferris, Jared Ferris, Brenton (Danna) Ferris, Jillian Ferris, Amber (Nick) Knieling, Jalen (Emily) Ferris, Leann Ferris; great-grandchildren: Brett, Darrin, Merek, Emmett, Ainsley, Crew, Vivienne, Oliver, Ryker, Archer, Roman; brother, Dean (Joan) Ferris. He was preceded in death by his parents; two infant brothers: Norman Ferris, Dale Ferris.
Funeral service held 12 p.m. Wednesday, December 23, 2020 in the First Baptist Church of Caro with Pastor Marc Herron officiating. Interment will be in Novesta Township Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Cass City V.F.W. Post # 3644. Memorials may be made to the Forgotten Man Ministries or Gideons International. Family and friends may share memories, prayers, and photos with the family at www.kranzfuneralhome.com.
Attendees are kindly reminded to wear a mask or other facial covering while inside the funeral home. Social distancing and limitations on numbers gathered in the funeral home will be observed.
Visitation: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, December 22, 2020 in Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City
11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, December 23, 2020 in First Baptist Church of Caro
Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City