Jeremiah Allen Range





RANGE, Jeremiah Allen June 9, 1944 - February 14, 2015
70, faithful Catholic, loving husband to his beloved wife Jeannie, treasured father and grandfather, passed away on Saturday February 14th in Westlake, Ohio. "Jerry" was born in Erie, Pennsylvania to Pete and Mary (Nocera) Range. Jerry, paralyzed from polio at age 11, was a proud alumnus of old Dover St. Joseph High School and went on to receive his Master's in Journalism from his cherished alma mater, the University of Illinois (Go Illini!). Jerry met and married his wife Jeannie (Koch) of 45 years in Cleveland, Ohio and they went on to have 6 children: Mickie, Jerry Jr. (Karen), Mary Rose (Mike), Chris (Kelly), Peter (Laura), Patrick (Jackie). Jerry worked on the copy desk for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Dayton Daily News before he was further paralyzed from the neck down from a drug poisoning in 1989. Despite his second paralysis he went on to become a respected writer at the Times-Reporter and Bargain Hunter in New Philadelphia, Ohio, as well as serving proudly on the board of MRDD of Tuscarawas County. He also published an autobiography: Cripple: The Story of an American Journey. Besides his wife Jeannie and 6 children, Jerry is survived by 8 grandchildren, Nicholas, Samuel, Grace, Luke, Zachary, Mark, Katherine, Emily and his two brothers Tom (Karen) and Jim (Peg), as well as his many loving nieces, nephews, and friends. Jerry was also a loyal Cleveland sports fan, and was always excited for pitchers and catchers to report as he especially loved the Cleveland Indians. The family will receive friends and anyone inspired by Jerry's life on Friday February 20th at the Chambers Funeral Home, 29150 Lorain Road, North Olmsted, OH between 5-8 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at St. Angela Merici Parish at 20970 Lorain Road, Fairview Park, OH 44126 on Saturday February 21st at 10 a.m. Contributions can be made in his honor to the Respect Life Office of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Toledo at 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH 43604 or to the University of Illinois Foundation for the Disability Resources and Educational Service Annual Fund, 1305 West Green St., Urbana, IL 61801. Please include 'in Memory of Jerry Range' for either gift.
Published in Dayton Daily News on Feb. 18, 2015 

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