Gerard "Jerry" L Mannix

March 6, 1941July 21, 2018

Gerard Lawrence Mannix passed peacefully on July 21, 2018. He was born in New York on March 6, 1941, just minutes before his twin brother Joseph Mannix. They have 4 siblings John Mannix, Marilynne Cerullo, Elaine Habib, and Francy Pitera. He was a Marine (E-5 Sergeant), serving in President Kennedy's Honor Guard. Together, he and his wife Joan Motteler Mannix, are very proud of their 5 children Debby Ewh Stein (Chip), Jerry Mannix Jr. (Celeste), Priscilla Gaffney (John), Patricia Mannix-Shucoski (Michael) and Paul Ewh (Debbie). They have 10 grandchildren and were blessed to have their first great grandchild born on his and Joan's 40th wedding anniversary February 11, 2018. The majority of his work-life was spent in retail. His most recent job was the one he took after he retired. Working for Delaware North at Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, FL was a dream come true. He had so many wonderful experiences and was known to everyone as Mr. Jerry. In December 2016, he was honored with the title Super-Nova of the Month. This award was accompanied by an impressive envelope of letters, notes and lists of the people who nominated him which are all compiled in a memory book. He never met a stranger. He encouraged us to follow our dreams and was able to give the guidance we needed to achieve them. He didn't understand the concept of "It can't be done."

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Humane Society, The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, or the Wounded Warriors Project would be appreciated.



Tuesday August 28 VISITATION 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm

Wylie Baxley Funeral Home 321 452-6565

1360 N. Courtenay, Merritt Island, FL 32953



Wednesday August 29 FUNERAL at 12 noon

CHURCH SERVICE with RECEPTION immediately following

Grace United Methodist 321-452-2420

65 Needle Blvd, Merritt Island, FL 32953



  • Joan Motteler Mannix, Wife
  • Debby Ewh Stein, Daughter
  • Chip Stein, Son-in-law
  • Jerry Mannix Jr, Son
  • Celeste Mannix, Daughter-in-law
  • Priscilla Gaffney, Daughter
  • John Gaffney, Son-in-law
  • Patricia Mannix-Shucoski, Daughter
  • Michael Shucoski, Son-in-law
  • Paul Ewh, Son
  • Debbie Ewh, Daughter-in-law
  • Joseph Mannix, Brother
  • John Mannix, Brother
  • Marilynne Cerullo, Sister
  • Elaine Habib, Sister
  • Francy Pitera, Sister
  • Jerry also leaves 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild to miss him.

  • The Humane Society
  • The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
  • Wounded Warriors Project


28 August


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

29 August

Funeral Service

12:00 pm


Gerard "Jerry" L Mannix

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Robin Kruse Gorichky

August 11, 2018

All my sympathy to Joan and family in the loss of Jerry. Being a good friend to Joan I remember many things about them particularly that Joan would never schedule anything on Wednesdays as that was her date night with Jerry! Such love & loyalty!

David Hitt

August 8, 2018

Worked with Jerry at Kennedy Space Center. Mostly on the Shuttle Launch Experience simulator. He really enjoyed interacting with the guests and always had a cheerful smile. I am retired Royal Navy and we used to enjoy joking with each other about our military experiences. All his co-workers will miss him and I am thankful to have spent many enjoyable days in his company. My thoughts go out to all his family at this sad time

Barbara & Ernest Voegtlin

August 5, 2018

Jerry was a great husband, father, and good friend. We are blessed that we knew him.
Joan and family, we are thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers. We know that Jerry is with God now and is at peace.

Ernie & Barbara

Kyle Andrews

August 5, 2018

I didn't know Jerry well, but kept up with his shenanigans through Joan. She would talk of his love of work, his get-up-and-go and his love of people. I loved her talking about their date nights. Every Wednesday for 40 years it was just the 2 of them on a date. It didn't have to be anything special as to what they did or where they went but it was very special that they spent this quality time together When he was unable to get out anymore, they sat around the kitchen table and talked for hours How nice they could do this after 40 years of marriage!

Joan, you are just as strong as Jerry was You never left his side and tended to his every need with a smile and a tender word. I just know it because that is you. A ton of us look forward to you returning to bridge, when you can - I'll give you some refresher hands! - and to girl lunches. Jerry is in peace now and I wish the same peace for you, Joan. Love to you and Debby and the family

Beth Terranova

August 2, 2018

When Jerry took over as Store Manager at the Melbourne Computer City it took us a little while to get used to each other's ... styles. Now I only remember him as being a great boss who put his trust in me and championed me for the all the time I worked at his store, then cheered me on when it came time for me to move on to another career field.
To Jerry - my "store dad" - I wish you eternal peace.

Richard Hobbs

August 1, 2018

When I moved to Melbourne FL Jerry was the one who hired me at the then Computer City. He helped me move up the ranks and always had faith in humanity. I will miss him very much. And Joan,you know he is God's house now and for ever.

JoAnne Zangl

July 31, 2018

Our hearts are heavy with the loss of Mr. Jerry he was an amazing man to work with always upbeat, hard working, always had a story to tell us or words of wisdom and a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by his Kennedy Space Center family. My deepest condolences to his family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Brandi Taylor

July 29, 2018

Jerry was a very sweet little old man. I worked with him a few times and it was always a pleasure (Even though I was with the photo company).I struggle holding conversations but it was never a struggle with him. So easy to talk to. He encouraged me to do my best . I remember being new at work and I struggled getting photos. He'd kinda make a game out of it and challenged me like "I bet you can get 10 or so this show" I became less stressed and I did get better.I enjoyed his presence. Always a joy and a very very hard worker. Despite his struggles he never showed them. He was one of the hardest workers. He left way too soon and he'll be missed dearly by all of us. Love and miss you Jerry 💙