Gerald C Machgan

June 18, 1930July 15, 2021

GERALD C. MACHGAN (JERRY), 91, of Pinehurst, N.C., formerly of Fort Wayne, Ind., died Thursday, July 15, 2021, at Pinehurst Health Center. Born June 18, 1930 at Mauston, Wisc., he was a son of Chester and Selma Machgan (later Newkirk). He was a Methodist Minister serving churches in Texas and Indiana. Jerry was a chaplain at Parkview Hospital for 25 years. He was the chaplain at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas that arranged for last rites for President John F. Kennedy. Jerry taught Clinical Pastoral Care at Parkview for many years and was in the U.S. Air Force, AF Reserves and Indiana Air National Guard for a total of 22 years. Jerry married Elizabeth A. Burge Sept. 9, 1951.

Surviving Jerry is Liz, wife of 69 years; three children, Cindy (Scheib) Novosel and Markus of Pinehurst, N.C., Terry Machgan and Brenda (Coy) of Cibolo, Texas, Kent Machgan of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Paula Neale Rice, daughter of the heart; four grandchildren, April (Machgan) Ward and Rich, Christina and Mandy Machgan and Nick Scheib and Laci (Heisley); five great-grandchildren, Tisha, Charity and Faith Ward, and Archer and Alice Scheib; nieces Julie Judd and Ken, Mrytice and TJ. Jerry loved his family dogs, all 16 currently. Both of Jerry's brothers preceded him in death, Jon Newkirk and Jim Machgan.

Memorial service will be 1:30 Thursday September 16, 2021 at Bethel United Methodist Church 8405 Lima Road Fort Wayne, IN., with visitation one hour prior. Private Ennichement at Highland Park Cemetery. Arrangements by D.O. McComb and Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home 1140 Lake Ave. Fort Wayne, IN. To sign the online guestbook go to


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Thomas Williams

September 15, 2021

We lived next to Gerry and Liz for many years, seen the kids grow up, and Gerry married us 24 years ago when he was at First Methodist in downtown Fort Wayne. I remember him being one of the three wise men in the church play. He was the shortest one and instead of a tall hat like the others, he got a pillow on his head. Was so cute!

Heaven has a great person now, and wish the best for the entire family.

Thomas and Janice Williams