Gerald Alan “Jerry”
“Rooster” Craven, of Chesterton, passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly
at home on October 21, 2019, at the age of 73.
He was born
December 3, 1945 (12345!) in East Chicago, Indiana, one of three sons of
Jack and Marge Craven.
Jerry was a
graduate of East Chicago Washington High School and attended Indiana State
He was drafted into
the Army and was an extremely proud Vietnam Veteran. He then began his
career at Inland Steel as a Foreman and retired with 37 years of service.
During retirement, there was never a dull moment.
He was preceded in
death by his parents Forest “Jack” and Margaret Craven, and brother Fred.
He is survived by
his wife of 42 years, Debbie; his two daughters, Christi Foster (Matthew),
Conshohocken, PA; Kelly Farley (Scott), Mt. Washington, KY; brother Tom
Craven (Sharon), Elkhart, IN; and an aunt, numerous cousins, nieces and
He was ‘Papa
Rooster’ to his seven grandchildren-Matthew, Samuel, Jack, Gabriella, and
Molly Foster; and Finnegan and Ethan Farley.
He also had a very
special bond with his Greek Family, who will always know that he loved them
He was a member of
American Legion Post #207, Gary, IN, and one of the biggest Cub's fan EVER.
There will be a
celebration of Jerry's life to be held on March 28, 2020. Details to be
shared at a later date.
arrangements handled by White Love Funeral Home of Chesterton.