Jerry Wade Mead, age 71, passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2021. Jerry was born June 2, 1949 in Chanute, Kansas, to Edna Marie Mead. Jerry grew up in Chanute. As a young man in high school, he was a “beast” on the football field. He liked fast cars, motorcycles, hunting, fishing and tinkering around. As a young adult he started working at H.K. Porter; while there through the years he saw many changes including the name of the company. After 32-years of service, he retired from HBD Thermoid. After that he went to work for lifelong friend Carl Jones driving a semi-truck, along with Carl’s brother Charley, at Chanute Insurance Pool.
When Jerry’s first grandchild Rob came along; he taught him how to hunt, fish and drive a car. Little Rob went on many trips with Jerry in his semi-truck. As the years went by, he also became a grandfather to: Jordan, Maria and Madison Morgan. He enjoyed playing board games with them and building many different projects with them.
Throughout Jerry’s life he loved having barbecues with friends like the Schaeffers, Carl and Evelyn Jones, Charley and Donna Jones. He loved spoonbill fishing with Charley; and spending time with his nephew Mitch Vandegrift, who meant the world to him. Jerry loved all the people in his life and they loved him just as much.
Jerry is survived by:
Longtime companion Linda Morgan; Stepchildren: Jennifer Aguilar, Amy Larson-Kiddoo, Lloyd, Robert and Roger Morgan; Grandchildren: Rob, Jordan, Maria and Madison Morgan; Brother: Richard Vandegrift; and, many nieces and nephews. Jerry was preceded in death by his stepfather and mother Francis and Edna Vandegrift; two brothers, Norman Mead and Rex Vandegrift; and one niece Eileen Mead-Clark.
Cremation has been requested. The family is holding a Celebration of Life at the Elks Club on Saturday, February 13, 2021, at 5 pm. Online condolences may be left at: www.countrysidefh.com
Services have been entrusted to: Countryside Funeral Home, 101 N. Highland, Chanute, Kansas 66720. Flowers or a memorial gift to the family can be made through the funeral home.