Funeral services were held July 1, 2019 for Jerry Raz, 85, of Wise Community with Jonathan Haygood officiating. Jerry passed away June 27, 2019 at home. He was born Oct. 23, 1933 in Wise Community to the home of Edward James and Barbara Marie Raz.
He grew up in Wise Community and graduated from Mabank High School in 1952. He served stateside in the United States Navy from 1953 to 1957 during the Korean War.
He married Patsy Ann Dunn Aug. 20, 1954 at the Four Mile Lutheran Church in Prairieville. Theirs was the first recorded marriage for the church.
After his discharge from the Navy, he and Patsy relocated to Garland to raise their two children. He became a member of the Dallas Police Department in 1958, and retired as a Corporal in 1983 after 25 years of service. He was a member of the Dallas Police Association.
Jerry relocated to a part of “the old home place” in Wise Community. He filled his time doing handy work for others, attending every garage/yard sale he could find, hunting, fishing, raising cows and calves, spoiling dogs and working on fences.
He also kept in shape by attending polka dances in Ennis mainly the National Polka Festival in May of each year for 52 years straight missing only 2019. His favorite polka band was the Vrazels' Polka Band from Buckholts.
He is survived by his wife Patsy, son Anthony “Tony,” daughter Tina, grandchildren Robert, Timothy and Tasha, great-grandchildren Jordyn, Morgan, Robert, Jodie, Tiffany, James, Sandy and Jerry and sister Frances Harris.
He was preceded in death by his parents Edward James and Barbara Marie, brothers Joseph and Anthony “Big Tony,” sisters Bobbie and Nancy.
Arrangements were made at the direction of Moorhead Epps Funeral Home in Gun Barrel City. To leave an online condolence go to www.moorheadepps.com.