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Jeremiah "Jerry" Needham was born on August 29, 1946. Jerry had an unmatched joie de vivre. He was the perennial Peter Pan and he retained his youthful looks until he passed away prematurely on November 9, 2013.

On Thursday, November 7, 2013, Jerry and his son, Christopher, were out riding bikes in Key West, when Jerry was hit by a car. According to his wife, Nancy, Jerry must have blacked out because he rode into his son and then flew off the bike, but his hands were at his side, not out in front as if to brace himself from a fall. Jerry suffered a fractured skull and broken facial bones. He was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami in very serious condition. He fell into a coma for a few days before he passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2013.

After high school, Jerry joined the U.S. Air Force and made it his career. He remained a member of the Air Force Association all his life. After he retired from the air force, he worked for ITT as a defense contractor.

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Jerry loved cars and was a member of many car clubs. He especially liked little 2-seater sport cars and had a great collection of British sports cars. More recently, in 2012, while mullimg over his financial situation for retirement, Jerry decided that what his IRA really needed was a unique investment, so he bought a really old Ford truck.


Jerry is survived by his wife, Nancy, a daughter Carrie (Brian) Grad, two sons Jeremiah (Sarah) Needham, III, and Christopher (Elizabeth) Needham, his mother, Anne Needham, his sisters, Ronnie (H.J.) Lamb, Eileen (Joseph) McCall, and Louise (Ed) Burns, grandchildren, Johnathan, Lauren, Zoe, Brayden and Ashby, and a host of other family members and many friends.

A vigil service was held Friday, November 13, 2013, at 5:30 pm at the Hoy-Kilnoski Funeral Home and Crematory, 1221 N. 16th St, Council Bluffs, IA. It was followed by visitation until 8:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, November 13, 2013, at 10:00 am at St. Peters Catholic Church, 1 Bluff Street Council Bluffs, IA. Interment followed in the Garner Township Cemetery, 1372 Jennings Ave, Council Bluffs, IA. See more at: Jerry-Needham-PhotosVideos

Memorials are suggested to the Air Force Association's Wounded Airman Program.

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