Jerry L. Allison, 84, of Osceola, passed away peacefully in his sleep at 10:30 A.M. on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, IN.
Jerry was born on August 21, 1938, in Mishawaka, IN to Garrett H. Allison and Leota Allison and was a lifelong area resident.
On January 5, 1980, in Mishawaka, IN he married Evelyn M. Rodts. She survives with a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Dawn Allison of Mishawaka; grandchildren, Sarah (Kylan) McCullough of Austin, Texas and Hailey (Cody) Shively of Mishawaka; great-grandchildren, Allison and CJ Shively. Also surviving, daughter, Lisa Allison of Osceola, IN; grandchildren, Brianna (Garry) McIntosh of South Bend and Jessica (Allen) Martin of Osceola; great-grandson, Wyett Martin; also surviving many beloved Allison family nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jerry’s previous marriage to Judith A. Coppens resulted in many loving nieces and nephews whom he cherished throughout the years.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Hobie and Bob Allison; and sisters, Suzie (Ward) and Becky Allison.
Jerry was a 1957 graduate of Mishawaka High School where he was active in sports, mainly football. Following school, he enlisted in the Navy and later on would become a dedicated Mishawaka firefighter, emergency personnel and county highway department.
Grandpa/Dad enjoyed the simple things in life. God. Country. Notre Dame Football. He loved watching the Chicago Cubs and Bears, golfing, coaching his Squad’s Flag Football team back in the ‘80s, a good garage sale, frequenting the South Bend Farmer’s Market, sweet treats, his dogs, and living the farm life. He took great pride in maintaining and manicuring his yard. Putting family first, he always made it his priority to never miss his granddaughters' volleyball or softball games, watch his son play Caveman Football, or be with his daughter at her horse shows. He loved spending time with his wife Evelyn at their quiet Osceola homestead where she’d cook his favorite meals and baked goods, Grandpa sure to help with dishes afterwards.
Jerry had a deep, strong faith in God that he carried with him until the end,
He had no favorites and loved his family fair and equally–qualities he lived out in his daily life. He had a huge heart and treated everyone and everything he met with kindness and respect.
His loved ones will miss his support, encouragement, warm hugs and kisses, and the way he would drop everything in an instant to help with life’s curveballs. Family gatherings he lead in prayer won’t be the same without his seat at the head of the table.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 11, 2023, from 5 pm-7 pm at Hahn Funeral Home, 505 W. 8th Street, Mishawaka. Funeral service will begin at 7 pm in the funeral home with Pastor Dave Klahn officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to New Creation Church, 30190 CR 10, Granger, IN 46530.
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