Jerry L. Yedinak, of Ransom passed away Sunday, March 31st at O.S.F. Center for Health-Streator
Please join the family for Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30a.m. Friday at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator. Msgr. Phillip Halfacre will officiate. Msgr. Thomas Mack and Rev. Fr. David Kipfer will concelebrate. The Solon-Telford Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Burial will be in St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Streator. Pallbearers will be Marty (Commish) Sullivan, Bill (Blackbird) Hepner, John (Salty Dog) Blair, Dave (General) Brust, Nick(Nickademis)Jess, Dax (Blackcat)McCann, Beau(Buttons)Hepner, Frank(Franswaa) Hepner and Joe(Herkimer) Ewing. Jerry always gave everyone a nickname. 3rd Degree members of the Msgr. George A. Dzuryo Knights of Columbus Council #790 will serve as honorary pallbearers. Full military rites will be accorded by members of the Leslie G Woods American Legion Post 217 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1492.
Born June 3, 1940 in Streator he was the son of Mary Louise Yedinak.
He is survived by daughters, Maranda (Doug) Trainor , Katie(Josh) Hamilton of Blackstone and Kristina Yedinak of Ransom;sons, Jeremy (Brianne) Yedinak of Blackstone and Jason (Kerry) Yedinak of Ransom; grandchildren, Kyla, Keaton, Denver, Madisyn, Dycen, Nick, Kane, Rylan, Kaisley, Xayden, Mason, Kollins all who adored their “Papa Jerry”; Mary Jane Yedinak; sisters, Nancy(Royce) McBeath of Dwight and Judy(Craig) Moore of Ottawa; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews that lovingly referred to him as “Uncle Moosie”
He was preceded in death by and infant son and his mother.
Born and raised in Streator he attended St. Stephen’s Grade School and St. Bede Academy. He then joined the United States Army before establishing Jerry’s Tap in 1973. Whether Jerry greeted you with a warm hug or big smile, you left having a friend for life. He was a man that lived by his faith. Jerry was very active in the Ransom and surrounding communities. He belonged to both St. Patrick’s Church in Ransom as well as being a member of the former St. Stephen’s Church and St. Michael the Archangel Church. He served as a trustee at St. Patrick’s Church in Ransom. He was a member of the American Legion Post 674 in Ransom for many years and also served as Post Commander. He served on the Ransom Grade School Board serving as School Board President. He was a 3rd Degree member of the Msgr. George A. Dzuryo Knights of Columbus Council #790. He was a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society and also delivered Meals on Wheels through the years.
Jerry was a true gentleman, community person and man of God. He loved to lead others toward faith in God. If he wasn’t attending a sporting event for his grandchildren, you could be sure to find him in a card game or golfing. Jerry made a huge impact on all the lives he touched. He will truly be missed by his family and many friends.
Memorials may be directed to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate Conception, St Vincent DePaul Society and Meals on Wheels.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.solontelford.com