Jackie Lee “Jack” Hemry, Jr., age 61, passed away on Saturday, June 3, 2023, in Gaylord, Michigan.
He was born on August 1, 1961, in Monroe, Michigan, to Jackie Lee Hemry and Lois Jean Barron. He was one of six children; Christine Frayer (Hemry), Earl (deceased), Kevin, Nancy Ellison (Hemry), and Lisa Brown (Hemry).
Jack was employed at Cooper Standard Automotive for what would have been 30 years in August of 2023. He was proudly the union financial secretary for UAW Local 388 for 15 years.
Jack married Melinda Kay Persons on July 20, 1991. They renewed their wedding vows for their 25th anniversary in July of 2016. In January 1993, they welcomed their first daughter, Kayla Louise Warren (Hemry). Three years later, in September of 1996, they welcomed their second daughter, Paige Elizabeth. Jack also had a son-in-law, Anthony Ellis Warren, and a soon-to-be son-in-law, Noah Ryan King.
Jack was an avid hunter, including, deer, bear, elk, fish, geese, many types of birds, squirrels, rabbits, and turkey. Jack enjoyed processing his own meat, making his “world-famous” summer sausage, brats, snack sticks, and “this guy’s” burgers. Jack was known for his passion for sports, formerly playing softball and often rallied others to shoot hoops during breaks at work. Jack was a University of Michigan fan, but he found joy in watching all sports on television and in person. He was a proud father, husband, son, brother, uncle, and friend to all. He never met a stranger.
A Celebration of Life for Jack will be held, casually, on Saturday, June 10, 2023, from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m., at the Gaylord Eagles Club #1825, located at 515 S. Wisconsin Ave. in Gaylord, Michigan.
Flowers may be sent to the Eagles Club, and memorial donations in his honor may be given to the family to be donated in his name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI, 49734.