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FerryGDUNKIRK:  Gern Ferry, Jr., 97, a resident of Chautauqua Nursing & Rehab Center, Dunkirk, formerly of Forestville, died Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 at his residence.  He was born in Forestville, on November 25, 1921, the son of the late Gern and Minnie (Wilkes) Ferry, Sr.

Mr. Ferry was a graduate of Forestville Central School class of 1941 and was co-owner of the former Forestville Hardware, for 53 years, from 1955-2008.  He was an exempt fireman of the Forestville Fire Department, a former avid bowler and a die-hard New York Yankees fan.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda (Gregory) Prechtl, of Fredonia; two sons Ronald (Trish) Ferry, and Douglas Ferry, both of Forestville.  Also surviving are 6 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by his wife Elinor L. (Martin) Ferry, whom he married on December 11, 1946 in the Forestville United Methodist Church Parsonage and who died January 2, 2019, 3 sisters Minerva Wilson, Loda Metzler, Lucille Cooper and by 5 brothers Truman, Stanley, Donald, Howard and Julius Ferry.

Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Sunday from 4-7 PM from where Funeral Services will be held Monday morning at 11 o’clock, with Rev. James D. Hankey, pastor of the Forestville United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in the Pioneer Cemetery, Forestville.

The family suggests memorials may be made to Forestville Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, PO Box 299, Forestville, NY 14062.  To post condolences go to


1 Comment on Obituary Notice – Gern Ferry, Jr.

  1. Jennah L Phillians says:

    Sending my condolences to Gern’s family.
    I am so thankful that I have gotten to know gern in the past two years. He was absolutely one of my favorite people, and he would always put a smile on my face.

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