05/07/06 — JERRY HONN

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April 30, 1936-May 3, 2006

Retired Master Sergeant Gerald Edward "Jerry" Honn, 70, of 925 Vail Road, died Wednesday at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Honn was born in Bradley, Ill. to the late Joseph George Honn and Pearl Geneva Wheeler Honn and was married to Dolores White Honn.

He was owner of Jerry's Lawn and Grounds Maintenance Service and was retired Master Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. During his twenty years of service to his country, he was awarded the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with Silver Star, the National Defense Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon with Star, the Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Stars, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Jerry spent two years in Vietnam serving with the 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division. His last five months in Vietnam was at Khe Sanh in 1968.

After retiring from the Marine Corps in 1974, Jerry moved his family from New River Air Station in Jacksonville to Goldsboro. He attended Wayne Community College where he earned a degree in Turf Management.

Recently, Jerry became very interested in the arts and began painting with the Soul's Palette, a special group formed to nurture the emotional needs of patients who have serious, chronic illnesses through Southeastern Medical Oncology Center.

A memorial service was held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Don Sauls and Rev. Tom Norris, O.S.F.S. presiding. A graveside service will be held at a later date in Hardwick, Vt. at Main Street Cemetery with full military honors.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons, Gerald E. "Jed" Honn and wife Joanne of Goldsboro, and Gregory A. Honn of Fla.; sister Donna Krizan of Odessa, Fla.; brothers J. Michael Honn and Jan of Kankakee, Ill. and James K. Honn and Anita of Gilman, Ill.; and grandchildren, Emily Madison Honn and Brittany Honn.

Jerry was preceded in death by son Jeffrey Honn and sister Joyce Honn.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Purple Star Survivor Team for Luminaries, care of Southeastern Medical Oncology Center (SMOC), 203 Cox Blvd., Goldsboro, N.C. 27534 or to the Soul's Palette, care of Southeastern Medical Oncology Center (SMOC), 203 Cox Blvd., Goldsboro, N.C. 27534.

The family will receive friends following the service Saturday at Seymour Funeral Home and other times at the residence.


Published in Obituaries on May 7, 2006 9:33 AM