Jerry Maxton Magnison of Medicine Lodge, Kan., passed away Thursday, July 15, 2021, at the age of 80. Jerry died peacefully at Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph in Wichita, Kan., with family by his side.
Jerry was born on June 12, 1941, in Alva, to father John Baier Magnison and mother Carrie Faye (Woods) Magnison.
As a young man, Jerry was an over-the-road truck driver delivering goods in all 48 of the contiguous United States, also Alaska and Canada.
He married Debra Harmon of Byron. They made their home in Cherokee, raising 3 daughters. During that time Jerry worked for Caruthers Construction, eventually opening his own roustabout company and a BBQ restaurant that Debra still operates today.
Jerry retired in 2006, as a finish blade operator from Clarkson Construction Company in Kansas City, Mo. In retirement Jerry enjoyed spending time with his family, telling stories at the coffee shop, tinkering around on the family farm and was a professional people watcher.
Jerry will be remembered for his larger than life personality, his loud booming voice, and his big heart. He never knew a stranger and was loved by all who knew him.
Surviving are three daughters, Mandy Jo Thomas and husband Jason, Commerce City, Colo.; Misty Jo Magnison, Alva; and Megan Jo Magnison and fiancé Greg Baumer, Broomfield, Colo. Also six grandchildren, Macy Thomas, Cannon Thomas, Stormi Magnison, Brooklynn Faison, Aiden Faison, and Tripp Sanders; one great-grandson, King McNabb; two sisters, Janet Roland, Medicine Lodge, Kan., and Emmajo Rucker and husband Gary, Medicine Lodge, Kan.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Jerry Lee Magnison, and one brother J-Paul Magnison.
Visitation was held at 9 a.m., Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at the Community Bible Fellowship in Medicine Lodge, Kan.
Funeral services followed at 10 a.m. at the church with Rev. James McLaughlin and Pastor Dwain Richert officiating. Burial followed at the Highland Cemetery, Medicine Lodge, Kan.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project – an organization Jerry was very proud to support – in care of Larrison Funeral Home, 120 E. Lincoln, Medicine Lodge, Kansas 67104. Condolences may be left at www.larrisonmortuary.com