Gerald Parkhurst, Sr.
Born in Sayre on April 29, 1942, he was the son of the late Ralph, Sr. and Alice Mae Lavelle Parkhurst.
Jerry enlisted with the U.S. Army, serving his country during the Vietnam Conflict, from Feb. 6, 1960 until Jan 31, 1966, after which he later served with the Army National Guard of Pennsylvania.
Throughout the years, Jerry was employed as a tractor trailer driver for many trucking companies throughout northeastern Pennsylvania, including Louden Hill Dairy of South Montrose, Bub Kintner Trucking of Meshoppen and Campo Trucking of Tunkhannock. He retired in 2004 from Cargill (formerly Taylor Packing) in Wyalusing, where he was employed in their sanitation department.
Jerry attended the Elk Lake Community Church and was a member of the American Legion and the NRA. In his spare time, he was an avid outdoor enthusiast, looking for arrowheads, hunting, fishing and camping and cherished the time that he got to spend with his family.
Surviving are his wife of 16 years, the former Linda L. Shoemaker of Meshoppen; children, Lisa Gawlas of Jemez Pueblo, NM, Gerald H., Jr. “Jerry” (Colleen) Parkhurst, Carole D. (Rick) Burgess, Sharon L. (George) Davis, Hope M. (Chris) Steele, Ruth S. (Mike) Hongach, all of Auburn Center; step-children, Jim C. Bennett, Jr. (Allison Hollister) of South Montrose, Beth Hallock of Meshoppen, Addison W. “Willie” (Shenen) Bennett of Montrose and Brian L Bennett (Michelle Brace) of Meshoppen; 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Gerald is also survived by several brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins, and his beloved friend and companion, Maxie, his Yorkie Terrier. Besides his parents, he was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph Parkhurst, Jr. and Frank Wilk.
Abiding with the wishes of Jerry, the calling hours and graveside services will be private at the convenience of his family. Interment will be in the Lacey Street Cemetery in Laceyville. Military services will be conducted by members of the Rought Hall Post 510 American Legion, the Dennis Strong Post 457 American Legion and the Endless Mountains Post 3583 VFW.
Arrangements were made through the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Laceyville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the hospice of the donor’s choice.Online condolences may be made at www.sheldonfuneral homes.com.