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Gerald Alan Ney
February 20, 2021
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Gerald Alan Ney, 76, passed away peacefully at his home in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, February 20th, 2021. He was born in Milwaukee, WI to the late Lavone and George Ney. Gerry's larger-than-life presence will be sorely missed by his surviving family, his wife, Gloria, his three children, Michael, Stephen and Alanna, his grandchildren Joseph, Ariana and Asha, his sister Anne, his cousins, nieces, nephews, and the many veteran organizations that he was involved in. His love for his family and friends was deep, abiding and expressed in countless ways.
He is fondly remembered for the many treks through the woods with his kids, his quest to travel through as many counties as possible in his lifetime (41.4% of the US; over 1,300 counties in 47 states), his poetry, his passion for history, geography and board games, his vast knowledge of facts on any number of topics and his penchant for fearless culinary adventures.
He was fiercely devoted to his country and the veteran community. Serving in Vietnam, Gerald was a 2nd Lieutenant and an Aerial Surveillance officer with the 172nd Military Intelligent Detachment of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. After Vietnam, he was stationed at Ft Carson Colorado and left the army as a Captain with multiple commendations, including a Bronze Star Medal. He went on to work as a civil employee for the US Navy for 40 years. He has spent much of his retirement working to support veteran causes and most recently served as the treasurer of the Philadelphia-English Chapter IV, 173rd Airborne Brigade Association.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Pennsylvania Veterans Assistance Fund (PVAF) http://paveteransassistancefund.org/home.aspx http://paveteransassistancefund.org/donation.aspx