Whipple, Jerry

Written by David Green.

Jerry Dean Whipple, 77, of Sand Creek,  Mich., died Feb. 11, 2013, at ProMedica Bixby Hospital in Adrian, Mich.

He was born June 15, 1935, in Adrian to Gerald and Helen (Fisk) Whipple. He had been employed by Bixby Hospital. He had also been employed by Culligan and farmed most of his life. Jerry had served as the assistant fire chief for the Fairfield Fire Department. He enjoyed playing softball and baseball.

Jerry is survived by a son, Kyle Whipple, and his wife, Sandra, of Morenci, Mich.; two daughters, Karen (and Rick) Mepham of Morenci and Kimberly (and Alan) Sargent of Coopersburg, Pa.; a sister, Cheryl Braun, of Morenci; eight grandchildren, Erik Mepham, Kalie Mepham, Sophia Whipple, Travis Zuvers, Townsend Colley, Tanner Colley, Noah Sargent and Emelia Sargent; two great-grandchildren, Trey and Taylor Mepham; and a friend and caregiver, Charlene Easey of Sand Creek.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Mahylon Whipple; and a sister, Yvonne Craaybeek.

Funeral services are planned at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, with Reverend John Maguire officiating. Burial will follow at Packard Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Spastic Paraplegia Foundation.

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