Memorial services for Gerald “Jerry” R. Ice, 73, Lecompton will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 11, 2016 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Casual attire; boots and jeans are acceptable. Inurnment will be held at a later date. He passed away Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Jerry was born June 4, 1943 in Lawrence, KS, the son of Raymond H. and Ruth N. (Wulfkuhle) Ice.
As a young man Jerry attended Lawrence High School where he played football. He learned his love of the land and for animals while helping on the family farm. After high school he attended Kansas State where he met his best friend and his future wife, Mary Ann Roberts from Atwood, KS.
Jerry and Mary were married on November 10, 1963. They started their life together farming on the original Wulfkuhle family farm. The couple started their family on the original homestead with two daughters; Debbie and Pam.
The family moved the farm to the Lecompton area in 1975. Jerry continued to farm and continued to share his love of the land with his family and numerous hired hands. During is busy farming days, Jerry spent his free time giving back to the farming community by serving on the Douglas County Fair Board of Directors and the Kansas Farm Bureau State Board of Directors.
Jerry was blessed with 3 grandkids: Hailey Budke, Brockton Ice Budke, and Derrick Ice. He passed his love of farming and animals to his grandkids by teaching how to fish, raise animals, hunt, etc. Jerry’s love for nature, farming and animals are the legacy that will live for generations.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mary Ann Ice of Lecompton; his mother, Ruth Ice, Lawrence; two daughters, Deborah Ice-Turner, Lawrence, Pamela D. Budke and husband Shawn, Leavenworth; three grandchildren, Hailey A. Budke, Brockton Ice Budke, Derrick T. Ice; brother, Richard and wife, Karen Ice, Lawrence; brother-in-law, Jim and wife, Jean Roberts, Texas; and mother-in-law, Elizabeth Migchelbrink, Lawrence.
Memorials may be made in his name to the Douglas County 4-H Foundation and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.