Jerome “Jerry” Francis York, 78, of Pensacola, Florida (formerly of North Vernon) died unexpectedly on May 15th while recovering from surgery.

Born to Harold and Lola York. He was the oldest of 10 brothers and sisters growing up in a modest home on 7th Street in an area known as Irish Hill. Growing up he enjoyed fishing and hunting with his father and brother Patrick.

He briefly attended seminary before deciding to join the Army. He chose Army Intelligence over the infantry and served a tour in the Philippines.

He married his first wife Ruth Jones (Hansen) in 1965, started a family, and attended Indiana University . He worked 38 years at Cummins in Columbus, IN. He received several awards while at Cummins including an International Award for Training Excellence. Jerry divorced in 1972 and went on to marry Bobbi Gray in 1989. He pursued his MBA from Ball State University in his 50’s and began teaching classes at IUPUC.

He was preceded in passing by his mother & father, sisters Jill (Mike Schaum) and Rosie (Paul Kelley)

Jerry is survived by his wife Bobbi Gray, sons Chris (Lori) and Geoff (Rachel) York, daughter Megan (Jamie Barnes), grandchildren Andrew and Sarah York and Wyatt Barnes, sisters Jane (Dan Struck), Peggy York, Ann (Gary Green), and Cindy (Steve Green) and brothers Patrick (Cindy), Dave (Karen) and Tom York (Rhonda).

At his request, no funeral will be held, and the immediate family will gather for a private occasion in his memory at a later date. A mass in his honor will be held at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in North Vernon, IN.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations to be made in Jerry York’s memory to the University of West Florida, College of Business. Donations can be made at or a check can be mailed to: UWF Foundation, 11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, FL 32514. Please put Jerry York Memorial Gift on the memo line.