Gerard J. "Jerry" Zeidler Sr., 75, of Montoursville, passed away Friday, June 20, 2014 while fishing on Lake Chillisquaque, at Montour Preserve.
Born December 9, 1938, in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Alfred L. and Mildred Lutz Zeidler. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, and served as an officer with the Philadelphia Police Department before starting a 30-year career with the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Jerry was an avid outdoorsman and conservationist. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping and shooting. He was recognized by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission in 2010 as having caught the largest bluegill in the state that year.
Jerry was a talented outdoor and wildlife photographer, with a line of work entitled "Images of Nature" which he marketed regionally as matted and framed prints. Jerry was involved in many organizations,including the Audubon Society, Rose Valley/Mill Creek Watershed Association, the Pennsylvania Game Commission Peregrine Falcon Restoration Program, Shutterbugs photography club, Trout Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Pennsylvania Envirothon, Monarch Watch, the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania, Northcentral Pennsylvania Conservancy, Conservation Officers of Pennsylvania Association, and Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association. He was a volunteer organizer for the Annual Cane Pole Fishing Derby at Rose Valley Lake, an instructor for Pennsylvania Hunter Safety classes, and chaperone at the Boy Scouts of America summer camp in Clearfield County. He coached soccer in AYSO youth recreational league and at the former Bishop Neumann High School.
Jerry valued his family above all. He is survived by MaryAnn E. Parsons Zeidler, his wife of 57 years; his daughters Geralyn Huey, of Oak Island, NC, Donna Howey, of Cogan Station, Stacie Lakatos, of Williamsport, and his son, Gerard Zeidler Jr., of Bloomsburg. Jerry was "Papa Z" to thirteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Jerry's sister, Linda Zeidler, resides in Zanesville, OH.
The family is planning a memorial service to be held at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, June 26th at Rose Valley Lake, South Access Area, off Lake Road, Trout Run, PA, with the Rev. Jonathan Baker officiating. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family through the Crouse Funeral Home website (www.crousefuneralhome.com). In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Rose Valley Cane Pole Annual Fishing Derby, an event whose purpose is to encourage children to discover and enjoy the wonders of nature. Donations may be sent to the Rose Valley/Mill Creek Watershed Association, P.O. Box 159, Trout Run, PA 17771, Attn: Treasurer - John Brumbaugh.