Gerald “Jerry” Mong, 87, of Medina, passed away Aug. 11, 2019, from complications of Parkinson’s disease.
Jerry was born in 1931 in Seville to the late Gerald and Alvalee (née Smith) Mong. Jerry attended Staunton Military Academy in Virginia during his high school years and went on to study business at Wooster College. Establishing his own automotive business after school, Jerry was the designer and creator of the “Bobsy” race cars, building over 250 cars during his career, many of which are still racing today. He was known as a pioneer in his field and was regarded by many as “the creator of the checkered flag.” Jerry’s family will lovingly remember him as a thoughtful mentor and devoted family man, who was humble, brilliant, driven, innovative, disciplined and insightful. He will be greatly missed.
Jerry is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Irene (née Cobb); sister, Patricia Griffith; children, Cheryl (Edward) Hoon, Ronald (Renee) Mong and Alan (Cindy) Mong; grandchildren, Daniel (Lauren) Hoon, Renee (Brian) Van Eck, Matthew (Amanda) Mong, Andrew (Stephanie) Mong, Leah (Jack) Otte and Garrett Mong; and great-grandchildren, Mariah, Madison, Cameron, Mason, Henry, Jaxon and Wexley.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Poe United Methodist Church, 6712 Wadsworth Road, Medina, OH 44256.
Waite and Son Funeral Home handled arrangements.