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Jerry Mathern

Jerry Lawrence Mathern, 68, Findlay, died Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, at 8:45 a.m. in Findlay.
Jerry was born Nov. 26, 1953, in Carey, to famed baker Charles “Cookie” Mathern and Barbara Della Orians Mathern.
Jerry is survived by his ex-wife, Joyce Flanagan and their children, Christen, Emily, Caleb and Wesley (Elena) Mathern; grandchildren, Caroline and Holden; and brothers, Dennis (Jeanette) Mathern and Rick Mathern.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Nancy Collier.
A prolific athlete, performer and traveler, Jerry was an all-state running back for the Carey Blue Devils in high school, earning a scholarship to Ohio Wesleyan University. He loved to sing, often serving as the worship leader at the churches he attended in Carey and Findlay across three decades. Jerry went on multiple mission trips to Africa and China – he generously supported missionaries and was steadfast in his utmost devotion to his faith. Every Christmas, he lent his resonant baritone to the ecumenical choir at the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation where he was once an altar boy. A regular player at the Fort Findlay Playhouse and Findlay Light Opera, he performed in productions of Damn Yankees, Hello Dolly, Brigadoon, The King and I and many more. Jerry rafted the Zambezi River and hiked mountains in Yunnan, China. He took his family to Lakeside every summer and on multiple road trips across America. He baked a mean apple pie. He owned and operated Mathern Insurance in Carey for 40 years. His life was tragically cut short by vascular dementia.
A memorial will take place Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 2-4 p.m. at Fort Findlay Playhouse.

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  1. Pete Snyder on August 13, 2022 at 3:09 am

    We were the best of friends for years! I was the one who took Jerry through the mountains of China. His whole family was there, in fact – Joyce was still pregnant with Emily as she slept on boards and blocks with no complaints. We all survived a Level 10 Typhoon when we came out to Hong Kong – we simply prayed it away – as it turned at the last minute.

    What a wonderful life! What a wonderful family. I never knew better. And GRANDMA?? Oh!! What about her??? She was the band that kept the Barrel together through thick and thin! Friend of the Haitians and the great Mission Possible!

    A family of missionaries!! Jerry, Rest In Peace. It won’t be long, we’ll all be together again.

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