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Jerry D East

Jerry Dean East passed away peacefully November 24, 2022, at home after a long battle with many health issues.  He was born September 5, 1946, in Hutchinson.  He was the son of Jean Adams and step-father Bob Adams and John East and step-mother Irene East.

Jerry graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1964 and from Emporia State Teachers’ College in 1968.  Before beginning his teaching career, Jerry joined the US Army Reserve.  He began teaching International Relations and US government at Hutchinson High School in 1969.  In 1973, Jerry took over his father-in-law’s business- Spangler’s Photo Supply- until it was sold in 1983.  In 1987, he returned to Hutchinson High School teaching US government, economics and street law.  He retired in 2001.  Jerry had a keen interest in photography and was a member of the Kansas Central Model Railroaders Club of Hutchinson.

On December 29, 1967, Jerry married his high school Sweetheart Cece Spangler.  His greatest love and joy in his life was his family.  He especially enjoyed attending all the school and sports activities.  Family vacations were very important with many wonderful trips to Estes Park.

Jerry is survived by: wife, Cece; daughter, Heather (Todd) Brown; son, Aaron (Michelle) East; grandchildren, Bretley (MacKenzi) Brown, Easton Brown, Averie Brown, Matthew Mondragon, Stephen (Cheyanne) Reagin, Braelyn East; 4 great-granddaughters; step-mother. Irene East; step-sister, Barbara Hansen; and step-brother, Tom East.

He was preceded in death by:  mother, Jean Adams, step-father, Bob Adams; father, John East; step-brother, Dan East; and parents-in-law, Cy and Helen Spangler.

Celebration of Life will be Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church 2 Hyde Park Dr, Hutchinson, KS, with The Rev. Dr. J. Ted Blakley and The Rt. Rev. Michael Milliken officiating.  The family will greet after the service in Parish Hall. The service will be streamed at facebook.com/gracechurchhutch/live.  Inurnment will occur at a later date. Friends may sign the book from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Elliott Mortuary through Friday December 16.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hospice and HomeCare of Reno County, Grace Episcopal Church or Hutchinson Animal Shelter in care of Elliott Mortuary and Crematory, 1219 N. Main, Hutchinson, KS, 67501.


Grace Episcopal Church
2 Hyde Park Dr
Hutchinson, KS 67502