Jerome "Jerry" Franklin Wing
May 11, 1929 – November 6, 2018
Jerome "Jerry" Franklin Wing, age 89, of Oak Ridge, passed away Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Park West Medical Center. He was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in Washington and Oregon during the Great Depression. The Wing family later moved to Chicago, IL, where Jerry graduated from high school. He continued his education at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown WV, and later at Northwestern University in Chicago. It was at Northwestern that Jerry met Bernice Raybould. After a brief courtship they were married in 1951. Jerry later completed his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati. Jerry served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was later drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served at Fort Bliss in Texas in the Nike missile program. Jerry spent his career in the nuclear industry. Early on, he was part of the team that dismantled the first nuclear reactor, CP1 (Chicago Pile 1), at the University of Chicago. He and Bernice both worked at Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago in the early 50’s. Following his military service Jerry worked in the budding fields of Health Physics and Industrial Hygiene at the Fernald Nuclear Plant in Ohio, where he relocated his growing family. The family relocated to Oak Ridge, TN in 1967, where he worked for the Atomic Energy Commission. He retired from government service in 1989. Jerry loved fly fishing, working with and buying tools, and most of all his family. He was an avid reader. Jerry was preceded in death by parents, Francis Earl and Margaret (Edge) Wing; wife of 42 years, Bernice (Raybould) and sister, Marion Christianson of Alberta, Canada. Survivors include: daughter, Debbie Hampstead (Bobby) of Powell, TN; daughter Rebecca Joslin (Brad) of Broken Arrow, OK; son, Scott Wing (Chris) of Oak Ridge, TN; grandchildren and great grandchildren: John Paul (Ryan) Hampstead and daughter, Hilary; Emily (Ian) Turner; Tiffany Joslin; Staci (Dan) Stanner and daughter, Arya; Benjamin, Jonathan and Joseph Wing. The family will receive friends Saturday, November 10, 2018 at First Lutheran Church from 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM with a Memorial Service to follow at 1:00 PM with Reverend Floyd Smithey officiating. Inurnment service will be held at 3:00 PM, Saturday at Oak Ridge Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Monarch Watch at www.monarchwatch.org or First Lutheran School Scholarship Fund at 1207 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. Condolences may be shared at www.berryhighlandwest.com.
First Lutheran School Scholarship Fund
1207 North Broadway, Knoxville, Tennessee 37917
- Monarch Watch
- Visitation Saturday, November 10, 2018
- Memorial Service Saturday, November 10, 2018
- Graveside Service Saturday, November 10, 2018
Jerome "Jerry" Franklin Wing
November 8, 2018
I'm so sorry to read this in the paper this morning. Although I didn't know Mr. Wing personally, I know his son, Scott, and saw them often going to breakfast together on Saturday mornings, near where I work. My condolences to his family. Bill Winters
Laura Van Gelder
November 7, 2018
David and I are so sorry for the loss of your dad. I remember going to your parents house for dinner several times when you and Bob were newly married. Your mom was a great cook and your dad was always so kind to all of our family. I enjoyed talking to him at our family gatherings over the years. He had the most interesting stories from his career, in particular about the early days of the nuclear industry. I’m glad we were part of an extended family and will miss seeing him.