Gerald R. Mead
Gerald R. Mead, 86, of Owego, NY and formerly of Avon Park, FL passed away at Riverview Manor Health Care Facility on Thursday, May 12, 2011. He was born in Waits, NY on January 4, 1925, the son of the late F. Dewey and Lola (Tracy) Mead. Gerald was predeceased by his wife, Helen; and his brother and sister-in-law, Tracy and Shirley Mead. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dewey and Bonnie Mead, Owego; his daughter, Barbara Mead and Jay Cookingham, Nichols, NY; his five grandchildren, Jessi and Justin Perry, Joann Mead and Dave Shrauger, Russell Mead, Travis and Jennifer Gusse, all of Owego, and Walker Gusse, Skagway, Alaska; his three great grandchildren, Katlyn and Travis Gusse, Jr., and Hailee Ann Shrauger; and many nieces and nephews. Gerald was a dairy farmer, operating the Mead Farm in Owego for 36 years. He was a Farm Bureau member and a former member of Agway Store committee. Gerald was also a longtime member of the International and New York State Flying Farmers. He was a licensed pilot, owned his own Piper Cherokee airplane and flew all over the United States including Alaska. Gerald also served on the Board of Directors of Tioga Opportunities for several years.
In keeping with Gerald’s request, there will be no formal services. Family and friends are invited to the home of Dewey and Bonnie Mead, 1650 Sulphur Springs Rd., Owego, NY on Sunday, May 15, 2011 between the hours of 1:00pm and 4:00pm to remember Gerald. Please consider a memorial contribution in his memory to Tioga Opportunities, 1 Sheldon Guile Blvd., Owego, NY 13827, or the charity of one’s choice.