Gern Ferry Jr.

Gern Ferry Jr.

DUNKIRK — Gern Ferry Jr., 97, a resident of Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville, died Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at his residence.

He was born in Forestville, on Nov. 25, 1921, the son of the late Gern and Minnie (Wilkes) Ferry Sr.

Mr. Ferry was a graduate of Forestville Central School class of 1941 and was co-owner of the former Forestville Hardware, for 53 years, from 1955-2008. He was an exempt fireman of the Forestville Fire Department, a former avid bowler and a die-hard New York Yankees fan.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda (Gregory) Prechtl of Fredonia; two sons: Ronald (Trish) Ferry, and Douglas Ferry, both of Forestville. Also surviving are six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Elinor L. (Martin) Ferry, whom he married Dec. 11, 1946, in the Forestville United Methodist Church parsonage, and who died Jan. 2, 2019; three sisters: Minerva Wilson, Loda Metzler and Lucille Cooper; and by five brothers: Truman, Stanley, Donald, Howard and Julius Ferry.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main St., Forestville, on Sunday from 4-7 p.m., from where funeral services will be held Monday morning at 11 a.m., with the Rev. James D. Hankey, pastor of the Forestville United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow in the Pioneer Cemetery, Forestville.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062.

To post condolences go to www.rilesandwoolley funeralhome.com.