Jerry Standlee born August 2nd, 1956 in Lancaster CA.
Jerry lived life on his terms. He had a quick wit, a calm manner, and loved his friends and family in a way that they knew you could count on him. After a long battle with cancer and a few short days with covid 19, Jerry Standlee is finally free of earthly treatment. Jerry passed peacefully on Wednesday, February 24th, at 12:30 p.m. in Fort Worth, TX. He is survived by his wife Beth Standlee of the home. Jerry is the son of Clay & Berniece Standlee of Berryville, AR. He is the wonderful dad of Leslie Standlee of Dallas, TX, Amanda Standlee of San Marcos, TX, and Jordan Standlee of Madrid Spain. Jerry is the brother of Kathy Compton and husband Buddy of Bradleyville MO, Debbie Fravel and husband Paul of Springfield, MO, Kendel Standlee of Lexington KY, Lisa Grogan and husband Mark of Barnhart, MO, and Jonie Standlee of Berryville, AR. Jerry is also survived by 17 nieces and nephews. And he is the lifelong friend of many including D.C. Washington, Reyburn Nance, many college friends, his tennis and work buddies, and the bowling gang.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, parents-in-law, Dora Lee Ferguson, and father.
Jerry graduated from Green Forest High School, obtained a BA from the University of Central AR where he met Beth Hatfield and they married in 1980. Jerry joined the FAA in 1983 and spent his career in Air Traffic Control.
Work was always a means to an end for JD. He provided well for his family, never missed a ballgame or a concert and made a way for the people in his life to have everything they could dream.
While Jed was always happy to be in the background you could count on him to have the funniest jab in any conversation. His dry wit and charm naturally drew people to “Mr. Grade School”, an honor he wore proudly into adulthood. One of his biggest celebrity moments of our lives is that he stared on Jeopardy. Check the gameshow network and you might catch one of the 4 days he was a contestant!
On the day Jerry passed my daughter, Leslie said, “Dad you made that look so easy.” That’s Jerry. His laid-back way of being provided calm to every storm in our lives.
There are no words to describe the heaviness of this loss. JD has fought the cancer battle for almost 7 years. He was a conqueror with that journey time and time again. Part of the sorrow is relieved by the fact that he never has to have chemo, he never has to join another trial, he is done with the cancer battle and in our minds he is victorious.
Jerry is well now. Our hope is he is celebrating with those who have gone before him. We have great confidence that at some point we can, and Jerry would want us to flourish during this new season.
JD’s wishes were to be buried at Hale Cemetery with the family in Oak Grove Arkansas. He grew up on the farm and will be laid to rest down the lane. Services are scheduled for Saturday, March 6th at 10:00 a.m. Floral Memories in Berryville, AR will handle any floral gifts for the graveside only service. We will also hold a celebration of life in Texas on August 1st, 2021 the day before what would have been his 65th birthday.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Anne Riley’s Student of the Year fund supporting the leukemia lymphoma society. Anne Riley is a passionate 14-year-old who has taken on a big cause that’s really important to the Standlee’s. Jerry was really looking forward to participating and getting to know Anne Riley more.
This cause is near and dear to all of us. Jerry’s oncologist told us just this week that she tried a lot of hard stuff on him and he never complained and always looked healthy. She also shared that 2 of the trials he participated in are going for FDA approval... just like he wanted. To help others. LLS directly funds this type of work so your contributions will honor the legacy Jerry wanted to leave.
In closing we believe and know Jerry knows, “Love never fails”. 1st Corinthians 13:8. Although our husband, dad, brother, son, & friend is physically gone today, his love never failed his family or friends. His love touched everyone he encountered.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.