Obituary for Fr. Jerry Stockman, 77

March 30,1938 To March 07,2016,

6 to 8 PM, Friday, March 11 @ Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home - Glasgow

Funeral Services
11 AM, Saturday, March 12 @ St. Mary's Church in Glasgow

Washington Cemetery

Ashby Hodge Gallery, Glasgow Museum, Lewis Library or Charity of your choice

Father Jerry Stockman, well-known and much-admired clergyman and educator, passed away at Lenoir Wood Sr. Living in Columbia, MO on March 7, 2016. He was 77 years of age. Gerald William Stockman was born March 30, 1938, in Glasgow, Missouri, the son of Victor John and Marcella (Neville) Stockman. A graduate of St. Mary’s Catholic School in Glasgow, Fr. Jerry attended St. Louis Preparatory, Cardinal Glennon, and Kenrick Seminaries in St. Louis. He was ordained a priest on March 14, 1964, at his home church, St. Mary’s of Glasgow. Following ordination, he first served the St. Brendan Parish in Mexico, MO, and Our Lady of Lourdes in Columbia. He was chaplain at the Newman Center in Columbia from 1969 to 1975 and was team chaplain for Coach Dan Devine at the University of Missouri. Fr. Jerry continued his education at St. Louis University, where he received his master’s degree. He later served as chaplain at Maryville University and then worked for St. Louis Community College managing the Employment and Training Programs for 17 years. As a young man in Glasgow, Fr. Jerry spent six summers running the Glasgow Youth Program with his brother, Larry. During that time, they taught swimming and baseball to many Glasgow children. The highlight of the summer was a trip to St. Louis to see the Cardinals play baseball. For many of these young people, it was their first journey away from home in Glasgow. Father Jerry was always willing to help anyone in need, valuing diversity and the contributions of all. He had a true passion for teaching and for history. On his retirement and return to the family home in Glasgow, he was active in local civic and historical activities. Signs marking historic homes in the community are among the results of his dedicated work. Fr. Stockman is survived by his brother, Larry (Laura) Stockman of Wildwood, MO, and his sister, Patricia (Pat) Hughes of Buffalo, NY. Also surviving are six nieces and nephews, Siobhan, Brigid and Padraig Hughes, Patricia (Colin) Brady; and Ben and Sarah Elizabeth Stockman; and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his longtime friend and companion, Bill Beard. A memorial funeral mass will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at St. Mary’s Church in Glasgow. Burial will follow in Washington Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM on Friday, March 11 at the Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Glasgow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to the Ashby-Hodge Gallery at Central Methodist University, the Glasgow Museum, Lewis Library, Katy Trail or a charity of the donor’s choice.