RIDGE FARM — Jerald E. “Jerry” Binkley, 82, of Ridge Farm, passed away at 9:12 p.m. Thursday, June 19, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family.
He was born on April 29, 1932, in Ridge Farm, the son of Horace and Maude (Baldwin) Binkley, both deceased. On Dec. 15, 1952, in Vermilion Grove, he was united in marriage to Shirley Anne Mills, who will miss him dearly.
He will also be missed by: his son, Jeff (Susan) Binkley of Houghton, Mich.; his daughters, Annette (Bret) Heim of Mobile, Ala., and Amy (Loch) Chandler of Scappoose, Ore.; his grandchildren, Adam Watkins Heim, Emma Louise Binkley, Sylvia Lee Binkley, Tavish Mills Chandler and Maizri Sophia Chandler; his brother, Bob Binkley of Georgetown; and his sister, Peggy Binkley of Ridge Farm.
He was preceded in death by his sons, Steven and Jerry Carl.
Jerry grew up in Ridge Farm and attended Ridge Farm schools. He then continued his education at Illinois State University and the University of Illinois where he completed his master’s degree in education and agriculture. He served in the U.S. Army as a company clerk in Bordeaux, France, during the Korean Conflict. Jerry’s first teaching assignment was in Kinmundy, where he taught at Kinmundy High School and also taught returning U.S. veterans.
In 1966, he returned to Ridge Farm and served as a professor at Danville Area Community College, chair of the agriculture department, and as a counselor until his retirement. He continued to farm.
Jerry was a member of the Vermilion Grove Friends Meeting and served on many boards, including the Ridge Farm School Board and Vermilion County Conservation Board. He enjoyed family gatherings in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, on the Gulf Coast in Mobile, Ala., and in the Pacific Northwest. He truly loved his family and will be missed by those who love him.