Gerald (Jerry) Francis Hanlon, 100, Scottsbluff

Gerald (Jerry) Francis Hanlon, 100, died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at The Residency in Scottsbluff. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Christ the King Catholic Church 18th & N St. in Gering with Fr. Gerald Harr as Celebrant. Interment will follow at West Lawn Cemetery in Gering. Visitation will be held from 1-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10 at Jolliffe Funeral Home 2104 Broadway in Scottsbluff with a rosary beginning at 6:30 p.m. also at the funeral home. Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to: Knights of Columbus Scholarship Fund, 1719 1st Ave., Scottsbluff, NE 69361; St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Beans and Bread, 2305 N. Charles St., Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21218; or Prairie Haven Hospice, 2 West 42nd St., Suite 2300, Scottsbluff, NE 69361. Online condolences may be made by visiting

Gerald was born March 13, 1913, to John and Gertrude (Tordoff) Hanlon in Auburn, NE. The family moved to Morrill in November 1918. Gerald graduated from Morrill High School in 1930. He went on to attend UNL Agricultural College through the winters of 1934-36 and received an Associate Degree in Livestock and Crop Management.

Gerald married Thelma Mae Frenzen on August 24, 1937 in Fullerton, NE. They farmed in Cedar Valley south of Gering from 1942-57 before moving to Scottsbluff 1957. He then worked at the Scottsbluff Star-Herald for 22 years. Gerald volunteered in local school districts, churches, 4-H, Scottsbluff County Farm Bureau, Alliance on Mental Health, and the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include his children, Karen Scharosch, Suella Hanlon, Marcia (Jack) Costello, Kevin Hanlon, Gene (LaVonne) Hanlon and Edwin Hanlon; 14 grandchildren; and 24 great grandchildren.

Preceding Gerald in death was his wife, Thelma; son, Gary (Benet); and son-in-law, David Scharosch.

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