Jerome “Jerry” K. Albright

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died November 8th, 2018

Jerome “Jerry” K. Albright, 82, of Escanaba, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers.

Jerry was born in Elberta, MI on March 13, 1936, son of Robert E. and Leotine V. (Hall) Albright.  He graduated from Charlevoix High School in 1954 and served in the U.S. Army from 1955-56.

On September 5, 1959, Jerry married Jean M. Schnurer at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Manistique.  They recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary.  Jerry and Jean have three children, Craig (Donna) of Escanaba, Patti (John Lynch) of Cedarburg, WI, and Paul (Carrie) of Rockford, MI.

Jerry’s professional life focused on education.  He attended Central Michigan University and received a BS degree in education in 1961 and a MA degree in school administration in 1963.  Jerry earned doctor of education degree from Western Colorado University in 1974.

Jerry began his career as a junior high social studies teacher in Coleman, MI and then moved into administrative positions.  He served as principal and then superintendent of Ellsworth School from 1962-65 and superintendent of Powers-Spalding School from 1965-70.

From 1970-74, Jerry worked as the Business Manager for RE-1 Valley Schools in Sterling, CO.  During this period, the family purchased a pickup truck camper and toured many notable sites in the Rocky Mountain west, including Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Glacier National Parks.

Upon returning to Michigan in 1974, Jerry worked as Business Manager of the Delta-Schoolcraft Intermediate School District in Escanaba until his retirement in 1987 due to health issues.  During this period, Jerry enjoyed playing golf, fishing, and hunting at the family camp north of Rapid River.  During the past 15 years, Jerry and Jean have enjoyed summers with family and friends at their Indian Lake cottage near Manistique.

Jerry was preceded in death by his mother and father and close relatives John and Corinne Schnurer, Raymond Gardapee, Dale Smith, and Bobbi Albright.

He is survived by his wife and three children; six grandchildren, Emily (David) Conine, Brendan Albright, Kelly Lynch, Jack Lynch, Kira Lynch, and Stosh Albright; a brother, Bob Albright, sister, Margie (Charles) Hanshaw, and in-laws Shirley Gardapee and Christine (Dewaine) Dixon and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 South 13th Street, Escanaba from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph & St. Patrick Catholic Church, Escanaba at 12:00 p.m. with Reverend Rick Courier officiating.  Burial will take place in Lakeview Cemetery in Escanaba.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Vincent de Paul Society.

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6 Tributes to “Jerome “Jerry” K. Albright”

  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time

  2. Craig and Donna, please accept our prayers and best wishes on the loss of your father. I’ve known you for better than three decades and have always been appreciative of your dedication in helping others, your passion and professionalism in helping manage our natural resources. Given your father’s history, it is not hard to figure out where a good part of your qualities originated. I know first hand that as much as we plan for loved ones to depart, we can never be ready for the hurt in the loss. We ask God to guide you through these times and help you carry the positives forward. Please excuse my absence at your Dad’s services but know I’m with you in spirit.

  3. So sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Just received notice of Jerry’s passing. I certainly enjoyed working w/ Jerry. He was a real gentlemen. Our sympathy goes to Jean and the family. Our prayers are with you.
    John and Maggie Lindholm

  5. Our deepest sympathy to Cousin Jean and Family. Jerry’s accomplishments in the field of education were impressive, only to be outdone by his pride in family. His positive attitude and always big smile in the face of the adversity he had to endure should be a huge inspiration to us all, when we complain about minor things. May he Rest in Peace.

  6. Jean,
    I’ve just learned of Jerry’s passing and am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences.

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