Gerald ‘Jerry’ Vifian


Cedars Rapids

Gerald James “Jerry” Vifian, 86, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away surrounded by his children on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at the Country House Assisted Living in Cedar Rapids. He was born April 16, 1935 in Delaware County, son of Fred and Fern (Rainbird) Vifian. Jerry grew up in Manchester and graduated from Manchester High School. He then attended trades school in Cedar Rapids. Jerry served honorably in the United States Army.

On October 28, 1956, Jerry was married to Mary Ellen Falck. Four children were born from this union. Jerry has worked on banking systems and has done technical work on railway electronics.

Jerry was a huge fan of the Iowa Hawkeye. He loved supporting his son’s softball team and loved woodworking. Jerry never said no to a cookie. He never missed an opportunity to attend any of his children’s and grandchildren’s activities. Jerry loved his family and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors include her three children, Teresa (Doug) Hollan of Alburnett, Kim (Tim) Murphy of Fort Myers, Fla., And Mike (Kelly) Vifian of Cedar Rapids; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Jerry was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Mary Ellen; one daughter, Ellen Marie; and two sisters, Patricia (Walter) Joy and Marilyn (Richard) Wenger.

Please join the family in celebrating Jerry’s love for the Hawkeyes by wearing University of Iowa clothing to the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Online condolences can be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.

Memorial Service: Tuesday, November 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Mark’s Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Visits: 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, November 23 at the church. Iurnment with military rites: Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.