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Gerald Allen Lucas
November 18, 1943 ~ September 27, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Gerald Allen Lucas, known to many as Jerry (79), passed away on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at his home with his daughters by his side after a long and courageous journey with cancer. He was born on November 18, 1943, in Lamar, PA, and proudly lived his entire life in Happy Valley. We have often described our dad as larger than life. He loved living life and this life treated him well. He was blessed with a beautiful wife, Treva Vaye Lucas, who passed August 23, 2022. Two adoring daughters who thought the world of him, Rachel Tews-married to David Tews (Corning, NY) and Jolie Wetzler-married to D. Keefer Wetzler (Montoursville, PA). Four amazing grandchildren, Ethan and Aiden Wetzler and Sophia and Chloe Tews, who loved their Pappy dearly and always thought he was so cute and funny. He is also survived by many extended family members including sisters, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins that were so very dear to him.
Loved ones that cleared the path for Jerry were his parents, Charles and Helen Lucas, and siblings, Ruth Hockenberry, Charlotte Shuey, Charles Lucas, Dallas Lucas, and Darlene Felding.
Jerry proudly served in the US Navy as an aircraft carrier mechanic. He exemplified his patriotism throughout his life and supported those who serve in the Armed Forces. He was a heavy equipment operator and played a role in building many of the roads and bridges throughout Pennsylvania. He was proud that he operated some of the largest road construction equipment in the world.
If you were fortunate enough to have him as a relative, friend, co-worker or an acquaintance you have most likely been touched by his light, energy and vibrance for life. More than anything Jerry loved spending time with his family and friends.
He loved Penn State football, wrestling, Joe Paterno, gardening, birding, auctions, RV camping, and traveling and cruising with his late wife. He enjoyed simple pleasures like eating ice cream and popcorn and going to camp with his friends. Anything and everything having to do with farming made him very happy. He spent a lot of time tinkering with any and all things from tractors to Christmas lights fondly known by his family as “Jerry-rigging”.
Jerry was a special person who made every day an adventure. He led his best life while staying true to his values and beliefs and remaining grounded in his faith and family.
Jerry was loved by many and will be missed by all. We love you and miss you. Until we meet again…….
Visitation hours will be held on Sunday, October 1 from 3 – 6pm at Gedon Funeral Homes (formerly Dean K Wetzler Funeral Home) at 320 Main Street in Mill Hall PA. Funeral services will be held at the Bald Eagle United Presbyterian Church at 109 Main Street Mill Hall PA on Monday, October 2 at 10:30am. There will be a 1- hour visitation prior to the services. Interment will be in the Snydertown Cemetery with full Military Honors and a luncheon to follow at their home.
One of Jerry’s favorite charities was the Emily Whitehead Foundation. The money is used to help fund research to find cures for pediatric and adult cancer through CAR T-cell therapy and other immunotherapies. The family suggests in lieu of flowers, that you please join us in making a donation in remembrance of Jerry to the Emily Whitehead Foundation. Please access the memorial fund on emilywhiteheadfoundation.org/donate in memory of Jerry Lucas.
Online thoughts and memories can be made at www.GedonFuneralHomes.com or the Gedon Funeral Home Facebook Page.