He was born June 3, 1948 to Thelma (Sechrist) and Milton Mase.
Jerry graduated from Southside High School then enlisted into the US Marine Corps. He served in Vietnam from 1968-1969, serving with the CoG, 2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regt, 1st Marine Division. Upon his return he attended BOCES for machinist training.
He worked for several machine shops around the area and retired in 1996.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Donna (Spencer) Mase; daughter, Laurie (Vince) Haduck; sons, Steven Moretz and Toby Mase; grandchildren, Andrew, Alexander, Colby and Amber; great grandchildren, Aubriella, Mason and Liam; brothers, James (Kurina) Mase, John (Janet) Mase and Jeffery (Brenda) Mase; sisters, Jackie (Bucky) Peel and Joy (Ermen) Paulo; sisters in law, Leatrice (Skip) Caseman and Deborah (Jeffery) Wilson; along with several nieces and nephews.
Jerry was an avid Dale Earnhardt fan, enjoyed hunting and going to see the elk at Benezette each fall. His special joy was being with his grandchildren and living at the lake.
A memorial service honoring his life was held at the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc., Elmira on Friday, June 30.
Interment was on July 1 in East Canton Cemetery where the Chemung County Veterans Honor Guard, which Jerry used to be a part of, accorded him with military honors.
Memorial donations may be made to the Chemung County Humane Society & SPCA, 2435 Route 352, Elmira, NY 14903. Jerry's tribute wall may be signed at www.olthof.com.