Jerald Ely of Dimock, PA, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at his home. Born in Scranton, PA, he was the son of the late Frank T. and Daisy (Carrier) Ely. Mr. Ely was predeceased by his three brothers, Wallace, Burford (infant) and Frank C.
He graduated from Penn State University in 1942 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy Air Corps. Commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1944, he served until 1946.
He taught school for one year in Bradford, PA, then owned and operated an insurance agency from 1947 to 1976. When he retired, he turned his hobby of beekeeping into a honey-producing business. In 1985, he was certified as Pennsylvania’s first Master Beekeeper. He taught beekeeping classes and led the Susquehanna County Beekeepers Association. In 2004, the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association recognized him as Pennsylvania Beekeeper of the Year for his contributions to the field. As a consultant for Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance, he worked with beekeepers in Egypt, Belarus, and Moldova.
Jerry was an active member of the Dimock Community Church. He served in the Wyoming Conference of the United Methodist Church as a member of the Sky Lake Board of Directors. He and his wife led an annual canoe camp for Sky Lake Camp.
He was a past president of the Montrose Rotary Club, past crusade chairman of the American Cancer Society, past president of the Susquehanna County Forest Landowners Association, member of Harford Lodge No. 445 F&AM, Hop Bottom, past president of the Susquehanna County Free Library and Historical Society, member of The Nature Conservancy, and member of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.
He is survived by his spouse of 64 years, LeJune (Pier) Ely of Dimock; sons, Kenneth (Debbie) of Brooklyn, Douglas of South Montrose and Stewart of Pelican, AK; daughters, Kristin (Richard) Henshaw of Bainbridge Island, WA, Jeralyn (Lanny) Adams of Dimock and Jean (Charles) Grube of Trucksville; nineteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren; friends, Yasuko and James Straub of Kingston, and caregiver, Julie Gregory of Montrose.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. at the Dimock Christian Community Church. Friends and family may call two hours prior to the services at the church.
A funeral luncheon will be held immediately following at the Gardner Warner American Legion Post #154.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the EMHS Building Fund, 25 Grow Avenue, Montrose, PA, 18801, the Susquehanna County Library, 18 Monument Square, Montrose, PA 18801 or the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 207 Locust Street, Montrose, PA 18801.