Jerry Lee Daniels, age 81, of Huntertown and formerly of Avilla, died on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. Mr. Daniels was born in New Haven, Indiana to the late Woodrow and Maxine (Jackson) Daniels on March 26, 1941. He graduated from New Haven High School in 1959 and went on the receive his Bachelors degree from Ball State University and his Masters degree from Purdue University. On September 9, 1961, he married Carol “Jean” Bade in New Haven. She preceded him in death in 2005. Jerry started his career as a math and physics teacher with Fort Wayne Community Schools, Dean of Students at North Side in Fort Wayne and finally retiring in 2003, as principal, from Kendallville Middle School. He was a member of Immanuel Luther Church in Avilla. Jerry enjoyed traveling with his wife and was a diehard Chicago Cubs and Bears fan.
Daughter, Ann and Rich Portmann of Palatine, Illinois.
Son, Lee and Blakely Daniels of Cypress Texas.
Seven grandchildren, Jacob, Justin, Alex, Cole, Julia, Carter and Briella.
Four great grandchildren.
Sister, Sandy and Chuck Blosser of Fort Wayne and their daughters, Angie and Amy.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Carol “Jean” Daniels.
Visitation will be on Sunday, January 22, 2023 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 111 W. Albion Street, Avilla.
Funeral Services will follow visitation at 2:00 PM at the church with Rev. Patrick Kuhlman officiating.
Pallbearers are Jacob Daniels, Alex Portmann, Rich Portmann, Jacob Peters, Kevin Shadel and Corey Shadel.
There will be a private burial at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Avilla.
Preferred Memorials are to Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Arrangements entrusted to Hite Funeral Home, Kendallville.