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Jerry Alan Shaw
1955 2024

Jerry Alan Shaw

September 19, 1955 — April 4, 2024

Jerry Alan Shaw, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away on April 4, 2024, in New Albany, Indiana. He was born on September 19, 1955, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to his loving parents Zilbert and Gladys Shaw.

Jerry was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 37 years, Juliet Eleanor Shaw (Roark), and his parents Zilbert and Gladys Shaw. He is survived by his children: Michelle (Aaron) Guernsey, Sarah (Tony) Higdon, Adam (Lauren) Shaw, and their families, including grandchildren Gabriella Juliet Higdon, Elijah Thomas Guernsey, Hunter Alan Higdon, Zebadiah Alan Guernsey, Gabriel Joseph Guernsey, and Lillian Faith Shaw. He is also survived by his siblings Patty (Roger) Southard, David Shaw, Larry (Trish) Shaw, numerous nieces and nephews.

Jerry and Julie shared a beautiful marriage for 37 years and they were high school sweethearts. Their love was deep, and their devotion to each other was unmatched. They spent many years in ministry together, creating a bond that was truly unique and inspiring.

Jerry graduated from Pittsboro High School and went on to earn a ministry degree from Ozark Bible College in 1983. Throughout his life, he worked for OES, Inc in Louisville, KY, and served as the pastor of Blue Lick Christian Church in Henryville, IN. He was also a dedicated member of Southeast Christian Church Indiana Campus. He spent time as a greeter, greeting people as they were coming in, always offering a warm smile and handshake. Since the pandemic he discovered his own little church community from his recliner that he could tune in to each week. He watched 4-5 services every week including Southeast Christian Church, Blue Lick Christian Church and several others.

In his free time, Jerry enjoyed various hobbies and interests, such as smoking cigars, watching Hallmark Christmas Movies (even outside of Christmas), and listening to gospel music. He was a big fan of selfies as there were hundreds of them on his iPad and iPhone. He was a talented musician playing piano, guitar, bass, harmonica, dulcimer, and saxophone. He even had a vocal group called That Light, where he and Julie shared their musical talents. Jerry was also a skilled woodworker, creating beautiful pieces like cradles and fireplace mantles. He had a passion for football, particularly rooting for The Colts and Notre Dame, as well as enjoying baseball. He especially loved attending Louisville Bats games with Julie.

Jerry was known for his great sense of humor, his loving and giving nature, and his willingness to help others in any way he could. He was smart as a whip and loved stumping even the smartest people with his jokes. He literally never met a stranger and longed to connect with every person that came into his life. He loved just sitting around and smoking a good cigar and talking with anyone who would listen, whether it be the neighbor, delivery person, family, skies the limit on that one. His presence brought joy and comfort to those around him, and his legacy of kindness and generosity will live on in the hearts of all who knew him.

To honor Jerry's life, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hosparus Health of Southern Indiana in memory of Jerry Alan Shaw. The following is the information for Hosparus Health of Southern Indiana is: 502 Hausfeldt Lane, New Albany, IN 47150

Jerry will be deeply missed but never forgotten. May his soul rest in peace, surrounded by the love and memories he shared with his cherished family and friends.

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