Jerry Brooks Crute
February 21, 1933 – July 8, 2018
Jerry B. Crute passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018 at the age of 85. Born February 21, 1933 in Benton, Kentucky, Jerry worked as an ophthalmic dispenser in Paducah, Kentucky before moving to Merritt Island in 1967. He earned degrees in Math and Physics at Murray State University and a Master’s degree in Management from Florida Institute of Technology. He was employed by NASA at Kennedy Space Center as an electrical engineer and test director for 24 years. He enjoyed golfing and was an avid fan of the Kentucky Wildcats.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 62 years, Patricia Jackson Crute, his daughters Gina Loria (Mark) of Oviedo, FL, Tana Flickinger (Bruce) of Merritt Island FL, grandchildren Jared Lansing, Erena Loria, Logan Flickinger, and Evan Flickinger as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, James Crute and Gladys Sutherland, and his sister, Joan Crittendon.
Calling hours will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 20 at Wylie Baxley Funeral Home at 1360 N. Courtenay Parkway in Merritt Island. Services will be held the following day, Saturday, July 21, at 1:00 p.m. at Wylie Baxley Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Brevard Memorial Park at 320 Spring Street, Cocoa, Florida 32927. Please visit www.dignitymemorial.com to share memories of Jerry and leave condolences.
- Patricia Jackson Crute, Wife
- Gina (Mark) Loria, Daughter
- Tana (Bruce) Flickinger, Daughter
- Jared Lansing, Grandson
- Erena Loria, Granddaughter
- Logan Flickinger, Grandson
- Evan Flickinger, Grandson
- Visitation Friday, July 20, 2018
- Funeral Service Saturday, July 21, 2018
Jerry Brooks Crute
December 29, 2018
I'm so sorry for the loss of your loved one. There are so many good memories of when we were neighbors of Jerry, Pat and family during the Apollo missions. I can still see Jerry sitting in the family room or out near the pool when he decided to start strumming on the guitar. Jerry was one of the nicest and sweetest guys that you would ever meet.
He will be deeply missed by so many people that he touched in his lifetime.
July 20, 2018
Jerry Crute was so much fun growing up in Villa De Palmas. I remember him singing Hank Williams songs sometimes when he was out working in the yard and I was riding by on my bicycle or over there playing with Tana & Gina along with Cheryl Williams, my Sister Beth and Lisa Gilbert.
One time in specific~ I remember him singing "Hey Good Looking" to Mrs. Crute as she beamed with approval. After the song Mrs. Crute went inside. Jerry came over to me and told me all about Mr. Hank Williams...
Love & Respect
July 13, 2018
I first met your day as a training client and fell in love with him instantly!!! What an AMAZING man & story teller!! Funny, thoughtful & wise!! He gave me some great advice!!!
A few of my most favorite memories are:
*When a client would be leaving the studio, "limping out" as he would call it, he would immediately say, "there goes another satisfied customer."
*He "lovingly" referred to me as "Fraulein Gerhardt" and would recount countless stories on how "Gerhardt" was Hitler's right hand man.
*And I think my most favorite memory was each time he would mention his Anniversary was approaching, he would follow it up with how much he hoped his wife would "renew his contract". Man, does he love his wife and family!!!
Blessed to have known him!! He surely left a wonderful legacy and will be missed so much by so many!! Prayers of comfort for all of you!!