Monetary gifts in Jerry's honor may be donated to Erica Clancy and her young family.
If you are not online, donations may be sent to 2133 Hog Trough Rd. Owensville, MO and we will forward.
Jerry Ray Adkison, 62, of Owensville, MO died in the early morning of March 16, 2017 in Joplin, MO. Cancer claimed his body but not his spirit. In all his strength, he fought until he could no longer withstand his experience on earth. Transcending time and space he met our Savior true, Jesus Christ, where he was welcomed into the kingdom of heaven.
Jerry was born to and survived by Bill and Joan (Fletcher) Adkison June 8, 1954 in St. Louis, MO. He grew up with and is survived by three brothers and a sister; Garry, Terry, Larry, and Sandy Adkison. Jerry's nephews and nieces knew him as "Uncle Big Truck."
He graduated from Owensville High School in 1972, where he was the first football player in school history to go to college on a full ride athletic scholarship, attending and playing for Missouri Southern State University. Jerry graduated MSSU with a degree in drafting and design and was a member of the 1972 National Championship Football team. He met the love of his life, Robin DuMond, while on campus attending the same college.
Jerry and Robin married June 28, 1975 and moved to Roseburg, OR where Jerry began his transportation career. Moving back to the area in 1977, he took a job with Beaufort Transfer for 19 years before opening his own business to present. He and Robin raised three children at the farm on Hog Trough Rd, Bem MO, who now have families of their own; April Adkison and granddaughter Ella; Amy Kinman, Son-in-law Eric Kinman and granddaughter Eliza; Jacob Adkison and Daughter-in-law Candice Adkison.
Jerry co-owned and operated, along with his wife Robin, a successful transportation and warehousing business; however, if you were to ask him his greatest purpose and lifetime fulfillment, it was being a Dad and raising his family on the farm. He was no stranger to a hay field and notorious for promising fishing trips. He was known for his work ethic, drive, humor, honesty, and most importantly taking care of people. He hated to see suffering and was quick to offer a hand or help those in need, especially if those in need were canines, always having a soft spot for the dogs in his life.
Jerry will be greatly missed by many including lifelong friends and family, his Brother and Sister-in-law, George and Mimi DuMond, Brother and Sister-in-law, Dr. Craig and Vivian Pendergrass, nephews and nieces, and Mother-in-law, Vivian DuMond. Embraced and welcomed into heaven by many friends and family who preceded him in death, including beloved Papa, his Father-in-law, George W. DuMond.
Joplin continued to hold a special place in Jerry's heart for the memories he made on the riverbanks and road of Big Sugar Creek and the care he received at Freeman Hospital. Special thanks to his care team led by Dr. Kerry Williams-Wuch, his college coach's daughter-in-law, and a lifetime of care by Dr. Craig Pendergrass.
Service for Jerry R. Adkison will be held at Bem Church, where he was a member, on April 8th at 11:00 a.m. All are cordially invited for lunch to follow at Adkison's Riverbluff Farm.