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Abels Gerald "Jerry"

Posted: 7 Jun 2007 8:35AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Abels
Abels Gerald "Jerry"
Abels, Gerald “Jerry”, 79, passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 in Wichita, KS. Service 11:00 A.M., Thursday, March 8, at Hebrew Congregation. Preceded in death by parents, Esther and Dave Abels. He is survived by his wife, Dolores “Dee” and daughters, Jody Abels of Dallas, Julie Abels of Atlanta, GA and Marcia Olmsted, son-in-law, Dr. James Olmsted and grandsons, Ricky and Randy Olmsted all of Waco, TX, a brother, Melvyn Abels of Houston, TX and nephews, Barry Abels of Tulsa, OK and Marc Abels of Tel Aviv, Israel. Jerry grew up in El Dorado, KS and was associated with the oil business practically his whole life. He started out by working in his father’s business, Western Pipe and Supply in El Dorado. He was knowledgeable in all phases of the petroleum industry. Jerry served on the Board of National Association of Petroleum Landmen as a representative of this area. He was land manager for Murfin Drilling Co. for almost 30 years, and continued to work until his death. Mr. Abels was an athlete and excelled in football and track in high school. He graduated from the University of Texas where he was a member of the freshman football team. Jerry was called out of college twice to serve in the Korean War and was also stationed in Japan where he served in Military Government. One of his duties was to teach the Japanese how to play football. Jerry was a lifelong member of the Hebrew Congregation where he served on the board of directors in many capacities over the years. He was an active participant in the Jewish community in Wichita. Jerry was an avid supporter of WSU basketball, rarely missing a game. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established with the Hebrew Congregation, 1850 N. Woodlawn, Wichita, KS, 67206 and the International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Drive, S-206, North Hollywood, CA, 91607. Downing & Lahey Mortuary East.




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Public Tributes
Jerry was a fine man and I appreciated knowing him.
--James P. Johnston (Mar 08, 2007)


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Marcia, I was so sorry to hear about your father. Seeing his picture quickly brought back fond memories from our "spend the night" days. He always had a smile. My thoughts are with you and your family. Sorry for your loss,
Shelly Woodin Gillum
--Shelly Woodin Gillum (Mar 13, 2007)

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