October 15, 1938 - July 16, 2019
MASON CITY - Gerald A. “Jerry” Ray, 80, of Mason City passed away Tuesday July 16th at Hospice of North Iowa. Memorial Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday July 20th at Grace Church, 440 N. Illinois Ave., Mason City with Rev. Nick Dougherty officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery, Mason City.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service time at the church.
Jerry was born October 15, 1938, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Thomas Ray and Helen (Hasik) Ray. He graduated from Teachers College High School in Cedar Falls, Iowa. After high school he attended the State College of Iowa, which was previously Iowa Sate Teachers College and later became the University of Northern Iowa. There he earned a teaching degree and had a successful collegiate wrestling career. He then went to the University of Illinois where he earned his master's degree.
Jerry was married to Shirley M. Petersen on June 15, 1962. To this union, three children were born: Daniel, Julia and Debra. Jerry taught in Waverly, Iowa; Aurora, Illinois; and Downers Grove, Illinois, before moving to Mason City in 1969. He was a teacher in Mason City until he retired in 1998. He also coached several sports and was the head wrestling coach until 1984. In 1982 he was recognized as the Class 3A Wrestling Coach of the Year, and in 2005 he was inducted into the Iowa High School Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Jerry enjoyed running, biking and tennis; and he placed a high value on physical fitness. He was also fond of getting together for coffee with friends and following his grandchildren's activities. An annual highlight for eighteen years was gathering with his children and grandchildren at Mahoney State Park in Nebraska for a week of family fun.
Jerry was a member of Grace Evangelical Free Church and over the years was active in teaching, youth ministries, leadership, and building and grounds maintenance. A committed follower of Christ, he shared his faith with others in many ways such as participating in Bible studies and serving in jail ministries.
Jerry is survived by his wife Shirley; his son Dan (Mindy) Ray; his daughters, Julie (Dan) Feddersen and Deb Wilmot; twelve grandchildren; his sisters Marlyn Stewart and Corinne Dowd; nieces, nephews, and in-laws.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his son-in-law.
Memorial gifts may be directed to Youth for Christ or Hospice of North Iowa.
Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St. NE, Mason City. (641)423-2372.