Obituary: Jerry Reed Ham – Nov. 1, 2015
Jerry Reed Ham
April 29, 1937 – November 1, 2015
Jerry Reed Ham was born April 29, 1937, in St. Elizabeth Hospital, in Hannibal, Missouri, to Hilda and Roy Ham. Jerry attended Hannibal Public Schools – Mark Twain Elementary School, Central Junior High School, and Hannibal High School, where he was very active in football and basketball.
In 1956 he married Sonia See, with whom he had his only daughter, Darla.
He enlisted in the Army on October 16, 1956. He was sent to Fort Bragg, NC, where he a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. While at Fort Bragg, he earned his parachutist badge and certificates of achievement. Although he envisioned a career in the Army, when he broke his back in a car accident, his career as a parachutist was ended.
After serving four years in the Army, Ham returned to Hannibal to begin his 27-year career in the graphic arts industry, both in production and in sales, During his lengthy career, Ham began work as a journeyman in the trade but then quickly moved to supervisory and administrative roles in the industry. His employment included Western Publishing, Hannibal, MO; Universal Display Corporation, St. Louis, MO; and Drug Package, Inc., St. Louis, MO. He also owned his own printing business in Quincy, IL for four years before moving to Rockwall, TX.
In 2002, Ham married Patricia Reeder Mengwasser and her family. He added so much to the family with his sense of humor, his intelligence, his wide interests, and his love for them.
Ham leaves behind his wife Patricia Mengwasser Ham, Rockwall, TX; daughter, Darla Gerner and her husband Rob, Apple Valley, CA; grandson, Jesse Gerner, his wife Jade, and their daughter Mila, Lovington, NM.
Also surviving are his only sister Carol Glascock and her husband Bill; niece Diana Spalding and her husband Jim, Lee’s Summit, MO, nephew Keith Glascock and his wife Kim, London, MO, and their children and grandchildren .
He also leaves behind his second family: stepson Brad Mengwasser and wife Doreen, and their three children, Berkeley, Madden, and Reeder; as well as stepdaughter Laura Dumas and husband Steve, and their two children, Zane and Rex.
Military graveside services will be held at Moore Cemetery in Arlington, TX, Monday, November 9, 2015, at 11:00 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association of America.