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Debo Funeral Home

833 Court Street, Fulton, MO

OBITUARY

Jerry Dean Gladden

August 18, 1948October 7, 2019
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Jerry Dean Gladden passed away Monday October 7th at Capital Region Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Debo Funeral Home in Fulton. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Fulton. The family will receive guests from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Jerry was born August 18th, 1948 to Earl Gladden and Ruby York Gladden in Pittsfield, Illinois. Jerry was the youngest of 9 children. When Jerry was a small child they moved to Waynesville, Missouri where he attended Waynesville High School until he graduated in 1966. He went on to college in St. Louis, Missouri to earn his degree. Jesus Christ has always been a part of Jerry’s life. His dad was a good old Baptist preacher and he started several small town churches. Jerry met his first wife Karen Hart and they wed June 1968. From that marriage Jerry and Karen had two children Karrie and Jeremy. They divorced several years into their marriage. Jerry met his second wife, Shirley Ridgel and they got married June 1981. Shirley brought two small boys, Marvin and Scott, into the marriage and Jerry loved them and raised them just as his own. Shirley passed away February 2010 leaving him a widow and to never remarry. Jerry went to work at the Fulton State Hospital in 1980 as a Psychiatric Aide at the Hearnes Unit, working with our youth. Later Jerry became a Security Aide and transferred to Biggs working from a Security Aide up to a Security Aide 2, becoming the immediate Supervisor on his unit. During his employment at the hospital, Jerry joined the Union and got involved. He started out working as a Steward all the way to the Local Union 1810 President. Jerry worked very hard and fought for Fulton State Hospital employee’s rights on a daily basis. Jerry retired In January 2002, where he was able to focus on being a full-time grandpa. I don't think Jerry loved any job more than being a grandpa to many children, not just his own grandchildren but many young people grew up calling Jerry Gladden grandpa. Jerry lived a great life with lots of loved ones and was able to travel all over the United States doing what he loved. He has left behind his children; Marvin Ridgel New Bloomfield, Karrie Sandfort of Holts Summit, Scott Ridgel of Fulton and Jeremy Gladden of Plato; grandchildren; Kayla McClure of Plato, Kayce McClure of Fulton, Alton McClure of California, Missouri, Victoria Gladden of Plato, Karissa Sandfort of Holts Summit, Pastan Gladden of Plato, Scott Ridgel of Fulton, Corbin Gladden of New Bloomfield, Ruth Ridgel of Fulton, Roy Ridgel of Fulton and Chris Ridgel of Fulton; great-grandchildren, Robert Scofield of Fulton and Patrick Holley of Fulton along with many other family members and close friends who will deeply miss Jerry with his corny jokes, quick smile and willingness to help most anyone in need. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Charles McClure. online condolences may be made at www.debofuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • Marvin Ridgel, Son
  • Karrie Sandfort, Daughter
  • Scott Ridgel, Son
  • Jeremy Gladden, Son
  • Jerry is also survived by his grandchildren; Kayla McClure, Kayce McClure, Alton McClure, Victoria Gladden, Karissa Sandfort, Pastan Gladden, Scott Ridgel, Corbin Gladden, Ruth Ridgel, Roy Ridgel, Chris Ridgel, great-grandchildren; Robert Scofield and Patrick Holley and many other family members and friends.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Karissa Sandfort, Pallbearer
  • Nathaniel Smith, Pallbearer
  • Kayce McClure, Pallbearer
  • Victoria Gladden, Pallbearer
  • Scott Ridgel, Pallbearer
  • Alton McClure, Pallbearer
  • Michael Winters, Pallbearer
  • Jeffrey Reed, Pallbearer
  • Robert Scofield, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Clifford Kemp, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Pastan Gladden, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, October 11, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial

Memories

Jerry Dean Gladden

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Edna Carnival

October 10, 2019

Our sincere sympathies to the family of Jerry Gladden from friends and neighbors of Golden Village we will miss you Jerry RIP

Sarah Demkowicz

October 9, 2019

Jerry was an awesome man. I share many wonderful memories of him when growing up,. Thinking of you all. Prayers for the family,

misty bykowswky

October 9, 2019

SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS SENDING LOVE TO THE WHOLE FAMILY AND ALSO SENDING PRAYERS IN THIS TIME OF SORROW. JERRY IS NOW WITH THE LORD AND HE WILL SHINE HIS LOVE ON ALL OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE MISTY AND ROBERT

karen olson

October 9, 2019

I've known jerry since I was 13 we've always been great friends I could talk to him about anything get advice I have so many good memories of him I will always cherish he was great with all the kids including my granddaughter Tisha and would do anything for anyone i miss my best friend , he will never be forgotten prayers for his family during this time .

Philip Gladden

October 9, 2019

It was always a pleasure to hear a story from Uncle Jerry. You always knew it was going to be a good story. A story that would definitely make you smile and laugh. Sometimes the stories he had made you “wonder” too . But you always knew it would be good and most likely make you laugh. Uncle Jerry was most definitely loved by everyone in the family. I feel he enjoyed his life making others happy!
Philip Gladden

Janice Wieberg

October 9, 2019

Uncle Jerry had one of the biggest hearts I’ve ever witnessed in a person. He always, always helped when and wherever he could. He was my daddy’s youngest brother. Rest In Peace, sweet Uncle Jerry. I love you

Edna Carmichael

October 9, 2019

Thanks out to the family for sharing jerry's pictures

Edna Carmichael

October 9, 2019

I met Jerry 2 yrs ago when I moved next door to him he was a kind humble person always ready to help anyone anytime I enjoyed our Friday night dinners at the VFW JERRY will be missed BY myself my family and our friend Emily Our condolences go out to the family. RIP JERRY

Wilma White

October 9, 2019

So very sorry for your loss. I knew Jerry for several years when working at Fulton State Hospital. Jerry was an outstanding man always had a smile on his face. Heaven has gained another angel.

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