Odgen Jerome "Jerry" McClurg age 85, of Grifﬁth IN, passed away on Friday, July 31, 2020. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Velma; his son, Kevin (Lisa) of Crown Point; daughter Lesley (Jim) Pospychala of Grifﬁth; grandchildren; Kristen Pospychala, Brooke Pospychala, and Luke Pospychala; brother Wayne of Apache Junction, AZ; brother-in-law Ray (Jeanne) Moore of Crown Point. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lucille.
A visitation will be held on Monday, August 3, 2020 at Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 8941 Kleinman Rd, Highland, IN 46322 from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM. A funeral service will follow immediately at 12:00 PM with Pastor Don Jabaay ofﬁciating. Jerry will be laid to rest at 1:00 pm at Chapel Lawn Cemetery in Schererville, IN.
Jerry was a 1953 graduate of Hammond Tech High School in Hammond, IN. He was in the army from 1955-1957 and came out a Staff Sergeant. He was an extremely hard worker and a real entrepreneur in his lifetime. He became a barber and owned Lakeside Barber Shop in Highland, IN. Jerry also owned a carpet store, Carpetguild, with his wife Velma in Louisville, KY. He later worked and retired from E&L Transport as a car hauler; he was honored with multiple safety and excellence awards.
Jerry has never known a stranger. He will always be remembered as deeply loving and caring to everyone he met. Jerry had a huge passion for ﬁshing and was a one-of-a-kind ﬁsherman. He loved nothing more than to be on his boat with anyone who wanted to join—especially his wife, family, and friends. Jerry and Velma were known for their amazing ﬁsh fries! Jerry even owned his own ﬁshing charter business hunting walleye, perch, and bluegill.
Jerry was a devout Christian and a man of deep faith in Jesus Christ. He was deeply devoted to his family and cherished his wife, children, and grandchildren. Jerry never lost his passionate dedication and affection towards his beloved wife Velma; she was the true love of his life, and he always put her ﬁrst during their 63 years of marriage Jerry was big-hearted, sincere, and an excellent story teller. He loved to read and was an author of short stories. He often quoted and lived by the saying, “Who dares, Wins”.
For additional information, please contact Hillside Funeral Home & Cremation Center Konnie Kuiper-Kevin Nordyke by calling us at 219-838-0800 or visiting us at www.hillsidefhcares.com
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