Beloved family man and retired insurance manager Jerry Lee McAhren died on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at the age of 83 with his family in Lago Vista, Texas.
Jerry was born on August 11, 1938 in Waldron, Indiana, to Bernice (Scripture) and Lewis A. McAhren. He was one of eight children and grew up on the family farm in Gwynneville, Indiana.
Jerry graduated from Morristown, Indiana High School in 1957 and continued his formal education at Indiana University where he became a devoted and devoted Hoosier basketball fan. Jerry married Joyce Wright, formerly of Shelbyville, Indiana, in June 1959. He graduated from IU in 1961 two years later. Jerry began his stellar career in 1961 at State Farm Insurance Companies in Columbia, Missouri, as a data processing management development trainee. Jerry rose to the top ranks in the data processing department and then entered the Assistant Division Manager Program to gain experience and knowledge in the insurance business.
Jerry then rose to the corporate ladder and took positions in Newark, Ohio; West Lafayette, Indiana; Dallas, Texas; and twice to Bloomington, Illinois. In 1980, Jerry was promoted to Deputy Regional Vice President in Austin, TX. In 1985 Jerry returned to Columbia, Missouri, to serve as Regional Vice President Missouri-Kansas. Jerry moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1989 and again served as the State Farm’s regional vice president, overseeing the newly created Oklahoma-Kansas region. Jerry retired from the state farm in 1998, moving to Lago Vista, Texas, for the last time with Joyce.
During his 37-year career with his State Farm family, Jerry met and worked with countless incredible people, made efforts to give back to his community, and was extensively involved in numerous charities such as the United Way and American Red Cross. Jerry was well respected in the insurance business, and many of the corporate practices he developed were adopted by other State Farm regional offices. A born “human” and leader, Jerry was dedicated, humble, and really enjoyed encouraging and uplifting others through his kindness, humility, and laughter. He loved telling the story when he was recruited into college by IBM, and over a fancy steak dinner they asked how he cooked his steak. After fumbling around, Jerry replied “fried”. Whether on site at a natural disaster site or in the hallways of corporate headquarters, Jerry always had a smile and a kind and encouraging word.
Jerry was very fond of his family. His children and grandchildren were the pride of his life. Jerry took every opportunity to observe and assist them in their various interests. Jerry was extremely skilled at home and an avid “handyman”. He loved home improvement projects and could fix almost anything. Some of Jerry’s other favorite lifelong interests have been cars, computers / technology, and of course his beloved Hoosiers basketball.
Jerry leaves his 62-year-old devoted wife, Joyce Wright McAhren, in Lago Vista, Texas. Also surviving Jerry are his daughter Jill McAhren Little and her husband Jack in Houston, along with their children Brandon, David and Elizabeth; and his son Jeff McAhren and wife Leslie in Dallas, along with their children Matt and Kate.
In addition to his wife, 2 children and 5 grandchildren, Jerry leaves behind his sister Marcile McAhren. He passed away to his sister Dorothy Buckler, his 5 brothers Max McAhren, Robert McAhren, George McAhren, Darryl McAhren, Marvin McAhren and his parents Bernice and Lewis McAhren.
A family memorial is scheduled in Lago Vista on Friday, November 26, 2021, with Jerry’s life being celebrated in Indiana in the summer of 2022. In lieu of the usual memorial services, the family gratefully requests that memorial donations on Jerry’s behalf be forwarded to Gifts in Tribute through the ALS Association at www.alsa.org or a charity of their choice.
Published by The Shelbyville News on November 22, 2021.