Jerry M. Phifer Sr.

February 16, 2018

Jerry M. Phifer Sr., 82, of Frankfort, died February 16, 2018 at Clinton House Health and Rehabilitation Center.  He was born July 28, 1935 in Kempton, Ind. to Loren Rentis Phifer Sr. and Georgia Madge (Johnson) Hill. He married Anna L. Carter on July 28, 1955 and they later divorced.  He then married Karen Crum on February 14, 1981 in Frankfort and she survives.

Jerry was a 1954 graduate of Jefferson Township School and attended classes at Indiana University Kokomo.  After graduating high school, he played independent basketball for 20 years and played the Kansas City Red Heads.  He has lived in Kempton, Tipton, Monticello and Frankfort.  Jerry was in the National Guard from 1955-1963. He worked for Western Electric.  He was a member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Tipton, Frankfort Moose Lodge for 37 years and the Tipton Elks.  Jerry was a former little league coach in Kempton, was an avid I.U. fan, enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, playing pool, and hunting for mushrooms and arrowheads.  Jerry was raised by his Aunt and Uncle, Ray & Mildred Alderson.

Visitation and Services

Funeral services will be 12 Noon, Friday, February 23, 2018 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.

Survived by:

Wife: Karen Phifer of Frankfort, 5 Sons: Jerry Phifer Jr. of Tipton, Timothy (Phyllis) Phifer of Smyrna, TN, Jamie Phifer of Kokomo, John (Rosanne) Evans of Walton, Michael Evans of Frankfort, 6 Daughters: Jodi (Larrie) Davis of Warsaw, Roseanna (Kipp) Bagshaw of Frankfort, Deborah (Tom) Birch of Frankfort, Kimberly (Mark) Shanks of Frankfort, Mary (Chris) King of Kirklin, Tina (Craig) Hudzinski of Kirklin, 22 Grandchildren, 36 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Grandson and 1 Great Great Grandchild due in April.

Preceded by:

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, 2 grandchildren and a great grandson.


Leave your Condolences

6 Condolences for “Jerry M. Phifer Sr.”

  1. Dottie Bagshaw February 19, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    Roseanna, know your are in my thoughts and prayers as you walk through this loss. Love to you, Aunt Dottie

  2. Mike L. Evans February 19, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Don’t know what to say, but sorry and thinking of his family. From Mike and Carol

  3. Elizabeth Diane Doss February 19, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your father. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Phil and Gloria Crum February 20, 2018 at 7:01 am

    To Karen and family,
    Sorry to hear of the Jerry’s passing. Sincere sympathies to you and your family.

  5. Denise Banks February 21, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts.
    -The Staff at Pro Resources Staffing, Plymouth

  6. Darlene (McCain) Collins February 22, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Karen – I was so sorry to read of Jerry’s death in the Tipton paper. Such a loss, especially at a time so close to your birthday. I am so glad we were able to have such a great visit at the MHS reunion. Sincere sympathies to you and your family. I hold you in my prayers. Darlene (McCain) Collins

  7. Sherie Butcher February 24, 2018 at 12:13 am

    Karen & family, so sorry for the loss of Jerry. Watching the video & reading the family comments, we would like to have known him! What fun he brought to your lives. Much Love, The Peak Family

Please fill out this form to contact the staff of Goodwin Funeral Home. We will respond to your message as soon as possible.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Family Information Guide

Goodwin Funeral Home obituaries are created from information contained in the Family Information Guide.

The Family Information Guide is a no-cost service provided by Goodwin Funeral Home for families and individuals who wish to record their personal information during the funeral preplanning process.

Begin your Family Information Guide today. Learn more about preparing yourself and loved ones for difficult and emotional decisions in the future.

Start my Family Information Guide

Funeral Arrangement Planner

Begin planning a funeral with our simple funeral arrangement planner.

The funeral arrangement planner was created to help guide you through the basic steps of planning a funeral. You may send your funeral plans to our office with any questions you may have about the funeral planning process.

Funeral Arrangement Planner