Jerry C. Newell Sr. of Ft. Myers Florida, formerly of Dyer, IN and Calumet City, IL, died peacefully Wednesday, April 19th 2017 at William J. Riley Memorial Residence. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Bernadine G. Newell (nee Storm) and 3 children: Jerry “Cary” (Victoria) Newell, Cynthia Rae Newell and Claud…read more
Jerry C. Newell Sr. of Ft. Myers Florida, formerly of Dyer, IN and Calumet City, IL, died peacefully Wednesday, April 19th 2017 at William J. Riley Memorial Residence. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Bernadine G. Newell (nee Storm) and 3 children: Jerry “Cary” (Victoria) Newell, Cynthia Rae Newell and Claudia Kaye Newell. Loving Grandfather of Brock Newell, Bryce (Jennifer) Newell, Brenna Kristi Newell, Ashley Nola Antonietti, and Edward Antonietti, loving Great Grandfather to Edward George Newell. He was preceded in death by his parents John W. Newell and Mabel (Evans) Newell, brothers Harry, John, Clarence, Warren, Richard and James Newell and two sisters, Marilyn and Mildred Newell. Kind and loving Uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Born February 8, 1930, in Gary, Indiana, the youngest of nine children. Raised in Calumet City, he graduated from Thornton Fractional HS in 1948. In 1952, he proudly graduated from the University of Illinois where he was a member of the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity. While at Illinois he made three honorary societies including Omega Beta Phi, and went back almost every year for football and basketball games, proudly wearing his orange and blue.
He was accepted to Medical School, but was committed to serve in the Army, which he did with distinction as a First Lieutenant during the Korean war, assigned to the Army Security Agency. Upon leaving the Army he joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent. He left the FBI after two years to co-found J & J Newell Concrete Contractors, Inc. with his brother James- a business now operating in its 61st year. In addition to working every day until he was 80, he also was the President of Freewell Restaurant Company, which owned and operated Lums restaurant franchises. He developed and sold many real estate properties. A man truly of many talents.
Jerry was a two-time President of Lansing Lions Club, where he was active for over 50 years, receiving the Foundation Fellow Award- and can be remembered flipping steaks at the Lansing Lions Annual Steak Fry. He was a head usher and member of the First United Methodist Church of Hammond for many years.
He was a proud member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI; while he retired from the Bureau after working two years, the Chicago Chapter recently honored him for his 55 years of service as an ex-agent- having proudly attended almost every annual Society of Former Agents Convention since his retirement.
He was a member of Briar Ridge Country Club, where he loved having lunches with friends and family. He was an avid duplicate bridge player and winner of many tournaments. He taught many people lessons in Gin- especially his grandchildren and nephews.
Jerry loved to travel and snow ski, spending many winters at his second home in Snowmass Village, CO- where he skied until he was 80 years young- still going every winter with cousins to play euchre, drink Manhattans, and see ‘The Doc’ perform magic. An extensive traveler who circumnavigated the globe on the QE2, Jerry took his wife on 18 cruises aboard the QE2, Queen Mary and Queen Victoria. One of his favorite trips was flying on the Concord- where he famously sat next to ‘some singer’ he didn’t know named Mick Jagger. He took each of his Grandchildren on a trip anywhere they wanted in the world. And just this past February, took his family to the Bahamas and Miami, so he could eat at his favorite restaurant on the planet, Joe’s Stone Crab, for his 87th birthday. He was loved by many and known for his signature voice mail handle: You got “lucky” Agent, Lieutenant and JJ. Adios Jerry. You are missed by all.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association, or Hospice of the Calumet Area in Munster IN.
Visitation will be held on Sunday April 23, 2017 from 3:00-7:00 pm at Kish Funeral Home, 10000 Calumet Ave. Munster, IN and on Monday from 10:00-11:00 am at the church. Funeral service will be held on Monday April 24, 2017 at 11:00 am at the First United Methodist Church, 6635 Hohman Ave. Hammond, IN. Interment will be private.
Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Date: Monday, April 24, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
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