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Jerry Franklin Vinyard

Jerry’s life began on April 16, 1933 in Norborne, MO.  He was the son of Leroy F. and Wilhelmina (Rueter) Vinyard.  He is a graduate of Norborne High School and went onto the University of Missouri-Columbia for his degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Jerry enrolled in ROTC at the University of Missouri and later served his country as a pilot in the United States Air Force.  He was united in marriage to the former Shirley Ann Fisher on March 20, 1959 in Warrensburg, MO.  Jerry had been employed by McElroy Inc. in Topeka.  He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and the Optimist Club where he enjoyed working the Christmas Tree Farm project each year. 

 

His greatest joy was his family which includes his daughter Becky (Paul) Barnes of Herington; grandchildren Justin (fiancée, Nicole) Barnes, Jacob (Kristen) Barnes, Frank (Amanda) Barnes, Christopher (Rachel) Barnes, Trenton (Chelsea) Barnes, and Nicholas Barnes; great grandchildren Addie, Lincoln, Silas, Brynnley, Hallie, and Brixxon.  Jerry passed away on Saturday February 6, 2021 at Herington Municipal Hospital. 

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, son David Vinyard, granddaughter Samantha Jo Barnes, sister Jeanne Epple and brother Jack Vinyard. 

 

Jerry’s family will gather with friends for a graveside service at Sunset Hills Cemetery, Herington at a later date.  Yazel- Megli Funeral Home, Herington is serving the family.  Memorial contributions in Jerry’s name may be directed to Home Health and Hospice of Dickinson County.  Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory at www.ymzfh.com.  


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Guestbook

Sorry to hear of the passing of Jerry. My office at McElroys was next to Jerrys. Jerry taught me much but most of all how to deal with people. I never saw Jerry angry. He always had a warm smile. He will be missed. Prayers for the family at this time of sadness.

Brad Hutton Feb 22 2021 12:00 AM

Always enjoyed being around Jerry. He was a Nice Guy and that is the best legacy a person can have.

mark watkins Feb 21 2021 12:00 AM

Becky my thoughts are with you and family.Your Dad was my mentor at McElroys. His kindness and patience in my training allowed me to succeed in mechanical construction.It was obvious that he loved your mother very much. Wonderful person

Dale Warren Feb 21 2021 12:00 AM

Becky my thoughts are with you and family.Your Dad was my mentor at McElroys. His kindness and patience helped me succeed in the mechanical business. It was obvious that he loved your mother very much. Wonderful person.

Dale Warren Feb 21 2021 12:00 AM

Becky my thoughts are with you and family.Your Dad was my mentor at McElroys. His kindness and patience allowed me to succeed in mechanical construction.It was obvious that he loved your mother very much. Wonderful person

Dale Warren Feb 21 2021 12:00 AM

Becky and family,
My condolences to all of you. I think of your dad often and have greatly missed our visits. I have several parishioners here in Missouri who knew Jerry and he is remembered fondly by all. In fact a couple of months ago I was talking to a man whose sister went on a couple of dates with Jerry back in high school!
I'm thankful I had the opportunity to get to know him as well as your mom and it was an honor to be able to minister to them over the years. May the peace of our risen Lord Jesus be with you and I will remember all of you in my prayers.

Pastor Troy Slater Feb 9 2021 12:00 AM