Gerald (Jerry) Hannah

  • Died: September 12, 2019
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

D O McComb and Sons - Covington Knolls

8325 Covington Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Tel. (260) 426-9494

Tribute & Message From The Family

Gerald "Jerry" Hannah, passed away on September 12, 2019 with his loved ones by his side. Born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1949, he was the son of the late Gavin and Mary Hannah. Jerry graduated from Villanova University and worked in Human Resources for many years. Jerry loved the outdoors, had a passion for college basketball (Go Nova!) and enjoyed reading in his spare time. Music was a big part of Jerry's life. He was an accomplished drummer in several rock n' roll and jazz bands. Most importantly, he cherished and loved spending time with his family. Jerry is survived by his wife, Janet; daughter, Maria; and brother, Edward (Susan). He also is survived by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Thomas and Mary Ann Oberholtzer, and nieces and nephews in Indiana, New York and New Jersey. He was preceded in passing by his sisters, Patricia and Mary Ellen. A celebration of Jerry's life will be held on Thursday, September 19 at 3:00 pm at Emmanuel Community Church, 12222 W. US - 24, Fort Wayne (Indiana 46804). Family and friends are also welcome to gather and remember him from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the church. Jerry loves his Lord Jesus and we rejoice that he is home and pain free. Memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Community Church. Arrangements entrusted to D.O. McComb and Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home.


Condolence & Memory Journal

First and foremost, the loss of Jerry Hannah saddens me greatly. If you knew Jerry, you also know it was an honor to have known him. He got along with everyone and loved the good parts of life and absolutely loved music.

He made a lasting difference in my life and I thank him for that !

I met Jerry when I joined a local Fort Wayne, Indiana classic rock band called Ground Fault. He was the drummer and I was the guitar player who played "too loud". (I still do). We had some good clean fun and were good enough to play some local gigs. We even got paid !

There was something unique about Jerry and we hit it off right from the go. Maybe it was his "East Coast Vibe" or maybe it was his jazz background, but he agreed to play drums on my original music recording, which just became even more special to me. I won't take it for granted again !

The thing about music is that it lives-on and these recordings would not have happened without him saying yes. There is a funny story when we first started the recording process that basically has me telling Jerry "this isn't jazz". Me being the rock & roller that I am, I had to tame Jerry's jazz chops on the drums and reminded him that we were going to play some rock. The jazz chops came in handy though. He told that story back to me a few times and always seemed to appreciate my honesty.

I miss Jerry and and probably always will. He made a difference !

Musicians connect on a deeper level than most and you can't make real music if you don't make the connection. It's just the way it is.

Those connections linger on, long past our time on Earth,

God Speed Brother !!!

Posted by Jeff Lopshire - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend   February 06, 2021

Ducky as I knew him at Villanova where we were fraternity brothers was always up beat. I always looked forward to seeing him because he had something funny to say about everything. Rest well good friend and be with your God.

Posted by Mark St.Pierre - Lantana, TX - Friend   September 18, 2019

Jerry and I pledged our fraternity, DPE, together at Villanova. He filled our lives with laughter. His motto was "Peace, Love and Happiness". He practiced that which he preached. Heartfelt condolences to his family.

Posted by Tom Morrison - Tampa, FL - Friend   September 17, 2019

My Uncle
My friend
& now, forever my memories.
A very special person
& the biggest Nova fan in Indiana
Godspeed Jer

Posted by angelo lobosco - kinnelon, NJ   September 17, 2019

I worked with Jerry at PHD and he ran HR when I was hired
Jerry was a wonderful man with a passion for life
well done Jerry

Posted by Denny Stuerzenberger - Fort Wayne, IN - Friend   September 17, 2019

Family Album