Jerald D. Petro

March 18, 1935March 25, 2013

Jerald D. Petro, 78, of Liberty, died Monday, March 25, 2013, Reid Hospital, Richmond.

Jerald was born in Union County, March 18, 1935, to John T. and Mary Elizabeth Creek Petro. In 1953, he graduated from Short High School in Liberty and continued his education at Indiana University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. On August 3, 1956, he was married to the former Nancy Ross at Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church. For over 44 years, Jerald was employed with Perfect Circle throughout the country, retiring in 2001. He was a member of the Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church, Liberty Lions, Liberty Lodge #58 F. & A.M. and served on the Liberty Town Council for three terms. When he was younger, he served as the chairman of the Young Republicans in Rush County and later worked with Senator Lugar’s campaign team. Jerald enjoyed people and never met a stranger, however his family always came first. He was always eager to give freely to others. He enjoyed telling stories, fishing, riding his motorcycle and spending winters in Pine Island, Florida.

Jerald is survived by his wife of over 56 years, Nancy; three children and their spouses: Jerald D. “Pete” Petro, II and Rhonda of Liberty; Becky L McNabb and John of Clayton; Jeff Petro and Lori of Ft Wayne; two brothers and their wives: Donald E. Petro and Linda of Fountain City; John T. “Ted” Petro and Kay of Falls Church, VA; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to his parents, Jerald was preceded in death by an infant son: Michael Wayne Petro who died December 31, 1958.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Fosdick Chapel, Liberty. Friends may visit at the funeral home from 11 a.m. Saturday until the time of service where memorial contributions may be made to Edwards Memorial United Methodist Church or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. For additional information and to send condolences or memories, go to


  • Visitation Saturday, March 23, 2013
  • Funeral Saturday, March 30, 2013

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Judy Showalter

April 2, 2013

Nancy, Pete, Becky & Jeff,

The Petro family, including John & Mib, will always hold a special place in the hearts of the Showalter family. Each of you have given us a memory through the years and we treasure knowing you all. Jerry was a kind, thoughtful man. Please accept our sincere sympathies.

March 30, 2013

Our sympathy to the Petro family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sadness. Patricia & David Lineback

Richard & Jane Hieger

March 30, 2013

So sorry to hear about Jerry. He was a great co-worker and friend. We hope your many fond memories will help comfort you during this difficut time. Our sincere sympathy to all of you.

March 29, 2013

So sorry for your loss. Jerry was a wonderful, thoughtful man.
Our prayers go out to the family.
Wanda, Cole and Jonathan Farmer

Jim Williams

March 29, 2013

Pete, Becky and Jeff,

I have so many fond memories of your Dad. He was always encouraging. I loved his laugh, his thoughtful conversation, his perseverance and his commitment to life. He played an important part in my childhood when I stayed with you guys when my brother was in the hospital. He and your Mom always welcomed me. I am out of town but wanted to tell you that I will miss him, and am thinking of all of you. God Bless

Sanford & Shirley McDowell

March 28, 2013

The death of Jerry is a loss to many, we so enjoyed being neighbors with them for many years. Jerry always had a story to tell, in fact many. If you went to visit for a few minutes, you needed to count on an hour! His love and affection for Nancy was so evident. We had the pleasure of introducing "tomato gravy" to them. We played many games of dominoes, too. We have many fond memories. He will be missed. Our love and prayers to your family.

March 28, 2013

To Don & Petro family, our prayers are with you & may God fill that void, Rick Free & Sue Allard

James Miles

March 28, 2013

Friends - So sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. I always enjoyed talking with Jerry (even when we disagreed) and all of our interactions were always positive. I especially enjoyed his sense of humor. He did a lot for our community & will be missed. My sympathies.

Bill Elliott

March 27, 2013

Sorry about the loss of Jerry, he will be missed.

Perri Waggoner

March 27, 2013

To the Petro Family. I'm sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. I have many fond memories of spending time at your house when we were growing up. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Just remember the good times you had with your Dad.

Perri Cohen Waggoner