Jerry Lee Inman
August 6, 1937 – December 12, 2019
On Thursday, December 12, 2019, Jerry Inman passed gently in his sleep at the age of 82. While Jerry has left us, he lives on in spirit and in the hearts of all of those he touched over the years. Jerry was born in Midland, MI to Stacy and Erma Inman, growing up in Midland with his eight brothers and sisters. He earned his Bachelor and Masters of Arts at the University of Michigan. He graduated from Central Michigan with a graduate Specialist in Education degree. He worked as a history teacher in Beaverton, MI before moving on to HS Principal in Hale, MI eventually finding his groove as the Superintendent at Kingsley Schools where he served for 22 years. Jerry met his wife, Carol, while a student in Ann Arbor. A social mixer and the gift of a lily led to 56 years of marriage. Jerry and Carol traveled extensively throughout their lives. In between work and countless adventures, they raised three loving children. Later in life, Jerry found great pleasure in his four grandchildren. He was very proud of a plaque that declares “Only the Best Dads get promoted to Grampa.” As an administrator at Kingsley, Jerry was a long time supporter of athletics, he was known as the Scorekeeper of the Stags. He was inducted into the BCAM Hall of Fame for scorekeeping in 2007. He was an avid skier and regularly chaperoned weekly ski trips the school sponsored at Crystal Mountain. Jerry played a large role in developing the Don Rhodes Athletic Field and was a member of the community group that planned and fundraised for the Kingsley Library. In retirement he regularly worked at area school systems as an interim administrator. He was an avid cyclist doing many bike tours around the Midwest. He embraced his love of cross country skiing including participating in the VASA for several years. He was a long time volunteer at the Inland Seas Association eventually becoming a Lead Instructor. They presented him with the Jon Schulz Award for teaching excellence in 2002. He took great joy using hands-on approaches sharing his respect for the Great Lakes and their complex ecology. Jerry was a great lover of nature and the outdoors. He enjoyed living in Northern Michigan and took great joy in the birds, deer and other wild life (including some grey house cats). He was the arborist for 60 acres of land and enjoyed thinning trees with a chainsaw. He recently donated 20 acres to support the Kingsley Civic Center. He is survived by his loving wife Carol Inman, his son Andy Inman, daughter Emily Whitall, son in law Kevin Whitall, their two kids Kyle and Lauren Whitall along with his son Lucas Inman, daughter in law Whitney Inman and their two daughters Kinsey and Kennedy Inman. A visitation will be held at the United Method Church of Kingsley on Friday December 27 from 5-8 pm. A celebration of life will be held at Kingsley High School on Saturday 28th starting at 1 pm. Memorial contributions can be made in Jerry’s name to: ISEA (Inland Seas Association), The United Methodist Church of Kingsley, The ROCK Community Center of Kingsley or Community Foundation for KFOL (Kingsley Friends of the Library)
- Visitation Friday, December 27, 2019
- Celebration of Life Saturday, December 28, 2019
Jerry Lee Inman
December 27, 2019
Jerry was a great friend and will be missed greatly. I enjoyed working with him on Inland Seas. Jerry was one of a kind and we did pick on each other many times. I will never forget Jerry.
December 27, 2019
Jerry was a marvelous man and I enjoyed every encounter I had with him at Inland Seas! We were so lucky to have his and Carol's participation in the Schoolship Program. We'll miss him dearly. Thanks to Carol and his family for sharing him with us. With love, Peg Comfort
December 15, 2019
We always had a good day on the schooner when Jerry was the lead instructor. Things would run smoothly, on time, without fuss. Jerry had a special way with the kids, especially the ones who were a bit rambunctious. I remember a day with one boy who was always requiring some correction. Jerry kept intervening and admonishing. But then, at the end of the day as the kids were leaving the boat, he sought out that boy to greet him as he left and added some kind words of encouragement. The boy probably needed that more than anything.
Jerry didn't blow his own horn much. The obit told me several things I didn't know--a U-M connection, a shared middle name, fondness for cycling and X-C skiing. But what I did know is most important--that he was kind, hard-working, and devoted to teaching and kids. One of my theories that in our society, the most important people are the teachers and the journalists. Jerry helped me understand the first category.
December 13, 2019
I want to express my deepest condolences to Carol and family. Jerry was such an incredible person. I volunteered at Inland Seas on and off as life allowed. The first time I missed a few seasons, when I came back I was sure no one would remember me. Jerry did, though. He made it feel like I'd not really left. It was an honor to have taught beside him on the school ship, and to have witnessed first hand his compassion toward others and his passion for teaching.