George Patrick “Pat” Ferry
August 20, 1926 – November 13, 2018
George P. “Pat” Ferry, 92, of Bloomington, died November 13, 2018 at Legacy Memory Care at Hearthstone. Born August 20, 1926 in Clark County, Indiana. Pat was one of seven children of the late Roma Bertram ”Jack” and Edna (Cox) Ferry.
Pat grew up in Seymour, Indiana, attending Seymour High School. He lied about his age and enlisted in the Army. By the end of World War II, he completed his G.E.D. Pat continued his military service in the newly created Air Force and retired after a 22-year career, achieving the rank of Tech Sargent. During the war, he was stationed in Panama. Stationed in Germany after the war, he completed his career at Indiana University R.O.T.C. Language School, where he became an avid fan of IU sports. He embarked on his next career as a Prudential Insurance agent. Upon retirement from Prudential, Pat worked for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. Pat ended his working life in what he described as his favorite job, at the Indiana University Golf Course.
Pat loved music, especially swing, and Big Band. Pat loved dancing with Barbara, his wife of 68 years, to the live music at the American Legion Burton Woolery Post 18, where Pat was a lifetime member.
Pat enjoyed daily morning coffee with fellow retirees at Ladyman’s, followed by friendly card games at the Elks Club. Pat loved spending time in nature, especially fishing.
Pat is survived by his wife, Barbara (Oathout), their children, Daniel Ferry, M.D. (Claudia), Tucson, Arizona; Shawn Strong (Ken), Bloomington, Indiana; Jack Ferry (Nancy), Santa Rosa, California; their grandchildren Grant and Sara Ferry, Phoenix, Arizona; and family friend, Nan Denaro, Carmel, Indiana. Pat is survived by his sisters in Seymour, Indiana, Carol (Herbert) Williams, and Beverly (Bill) Cole.
Pat’s family would like to express their gratitude to the talented and caring staff at Meadowood Health Pavilion, Legacy Memory Care, and Heart to Heart Hospice.
Memorial gifts can be made to Disabled American Veterans at DAV.org.
Indiana Memorial Care is handling the arrangements. A future Celebration of Life is planned.