Jerry W. Courtright, known as "Cowboy", passed away on July 31, 2023, at Shawnee Mission Advent Health. He was born on February 21, 1947, in Cook County, Illinois, and later moved to Kansas in 1951.
Jerry had a strong work ethic and dedicated 35 years of his life to Ken-a-Vision. He was a skilled craftsman who specialized in building telescopes and cameras. His commitment to his craft was evident in the high-quality products he produced throughout his career.
In his personal life, Jerry found great joy in spending time at La Cygne Lake with his beloved wife Alice. Each year in August, they would organize big family gatherings at the lake. These gatherings were filled with love, laughter, and cherished memories that will be treasured by all who attended.
Jerry had an adventurous spirit and pursued his favorite hobbies with gusto. Fishing and hunting were among his greatest passions, and he found solace and fulfillment in the great outdoors. Additionally, he had an affinity for watching wrestling matches that captivated his attention.
Family meant everything to Jerry, and he held a special place in his heart for his wife Alice (deceased) and their children Candy Henchek, Peggy Bigley (deceased) and Gilford Sherley (deceased). Jerry was a devoted son to Dollia Mae Courtright and Charles Courtright (deceased), a caring brother to Charles (Bud) Courtright, Alice Mae Courtright, Sharen Courtright (deceased).
Jerry's love extended even further to encompass his immediate surviving family members who remained by his side until the end. He is survived by his daughter Candy Henchek, son-in-law Bruce Henchek (with whom he resided), granddaughter Caitlin Rozell and her husband Tanner Rozell, grandson Carl Pittman and his wife Marina Pittman, grandson Charles Graham and his wife Carolyn Graham, granddaughter Tammy Blankenship and her husband Zach Blankenship, granddaughter Rachal McCoy and her husband Matt McCoy, and granddaughter Jessie Henchek. He also leaves behind great-grandchildren Rosie Rozell and Beau Pittman.
Jerry's warm smile, kind heart, and unwavering love will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. He had a special bond with his loyal furry companion Tank, who brought him immense joy and companionship throughout the years.
A celebration of Jerry's life will take place on August 4, 2023, at the Johnson County Funeral Chapel in Overland Park, Kansas. The visitation will begin at 1:00 PM, followed by a memorial service at 2:00 PM and a celebration of life ceremony at 3:00 PM.
Jerry W. Courtright leaves behind a legacy of hard work, dedication, and unwavering love for his family. His memory will forever reside in the hearts of those he touched. May he rest in eternal peace.