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Gerald "Jerry" Eugene Vandergrift, 89, Lake City, FL went to his Heavenly Home on Thursday, December 21, 2017 following a long illness. His sparkling smile and gentle loving demeanor touched all who knew him. Jerry served in the US Army Air Force during WWII. His specialty and qualifications were Airplane & Engine Mechanic/Instructor, B-26 Specialist and Sharp Shooter. After military service, his GI loan helped him earn a Master's Degree in Special Education and a B.A. in Mathematics. He taught for several years in West Virginia then moved to Florida in 1968. He retired from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in 1993. Jerry was a member of Hopeful Baptist Church. Mr. Vandergrift is survived by his wife of 32 years, Julia Vandergrift, Lake City, FL; Sons: Larry Vandergrift, OK and David L. Vandergrift, FL; Stepchildren: Eva Gincig, CA; Mary Laakkonen, FL and David Cullipher, CA; Sister: Christine Vangilder, WV; Brothers: Ron (Marie) Vandergrift WV; Marvin (Margie) Vandergrift, NC; Darryl (Sandy) Vandergrift, WV; Larry (Sharon) Vandergrift, WV; Three Grandchildren: Eric, Brett and Bryce; Three Stepgrandchildren: Joshua, Megan and Morgan. His services will be held at 2:00 p.m., with viewing beginning at 1:00 p.m., on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Daniels Memorial Chapel, Live Oak, FL. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Rev. Richard Rodriguez will be officiating the services.
Please sign the guestbook at www.danielsfuneralhome.com.
Daniels Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc., Live Oak & Branford, FL in charge of arrangements.
Published on December 26, 2017
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