Gerald "Jerry" Lee Drullinger of Overland Park, Kansas, died Sunday, September 2nd, 2012, following a 32-year courageous battle with Parkinson's disease.
Jerry was born on August 17th, 1937, in Chadron, Nebraska, to Ralph and Stella (Brandt) Drullinger. His family moved to Palisade, Nebraska, 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 Construction Company, helping to build a power line across Pike's 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 October 19th, 1958, at The First United Methodist Church in Gothenburg, Nebraska. Following his discharge from the Air Force, Jerry began a 36-year career with The Lincoln Telephone Company., where he worked as a cable splicer and switchman in Lincoln, then moved to the Fairbury, Nebraska office in 1972, as a switchman and COE technician, retiring in 1996. In 2000, Jerry and Bev moved to Flowing Springs Lakes in Beatrice, Nebraska 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, Kansas; sister, Sharon Drullinger of Norcatur, Kansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Donald R. Drullinger and sister-in-law, Oleta Drullinger.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, September 29th in Wesley Chapel at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Ave., Leawood, KS 66224,with greetings at 10 a.m. and services at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, suggested memorials are to The National Parkinson's Foundation, 1501 N. W 9th Ave. Bob Hope Road, Miami, Florida 33136-1494 or Vitas Hospice, 13316 W, 98th St., Lenexa, KS 66215. Arrangements made by Cremation Society of Kansas and Missouri www.kccremation.com.