Gerald ‘Jerry’ L.
Proper, age 75, passed away on March 30, 2020 in Naples, FL, following
several years of illness.
He was born on July
19, 1944, to Frank and Ruth (Ebert) Proper in Blue Island, IL.
Jerry is survived
by his brothers Frank Proper of Chesterton, IN and Leroy Proper of
Valparaiso, IN, his partner and caretaker Patricia Pateria of Naples, FL,
longtime Chesterton friend and caretaker Jim Howser of Naples, FL, nieces,
nephews, and numerous friends in both Indiana and Florida.
Preceding him in
death were his parents, Frank and Ruth Proper, his brother Richard Proper
and sister-in-law Georgia (Stewart) Proper, both of Phoenix, AZ,
sister-in-law Pat (Meyne) Proper and nephew Mike Proper, both of Portage,
IN, longtime friend Patty Petty of Portage, IN, , his loving niece Lindsey
Proper, of Valparaiso, IN, and his ex-wife and friend Lynne Proper, of
Jerry moved to
Chesterton, IN with his family in August of 1954. He was a classmate of the
Chesterton High School Class of 1962. While still working at Bethlehem Steel
Corporation, Jerry and his wife, the former Lynne Billings, purchased the
Hide-A-Way Lounge and Restaurant, a successful “hotspot” in Chesterton, IN
(presently known as Val’s Pizza). Jerry was a member of the Moose Lodge and
the Calumet Chapter of the Masonic Lodge in Chesterton, along with being a
member of a local barbershop quartet for many years. In 1987, Jerry set off
for warmer climates and moved to Naples, FL, where he purchased a carpet
cleaning business, which he successfully ran until his illness. Jerry had
interests in NASCAR/stock car racing and golf, his main incentive for
relocating in Florida.
Jerry will be laid
to rest at Chesterton Cemetery. His family plans to hold a Celebration of
Life at a later time to commemorate his life with family and friends.
being handled by Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, Chesterton, IN.
In lieu of flowers,
memorial donations may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, cancer
charities of your choosing, or VITAS Hospice, Naples, FL.