Kerry L. Uhrick, 70, former Sheriff of Adams County, Indiana and resident of Decatur, IN passed away at on Saturday, October 19, 2019 in Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Jefferson City, TN. Kerry was born on June 14, 1949 to the late Elmer L. and Norma J. (Swygart) Uhrick. On August 28, 1971, Kerry married Marilyn R. Grove.
He was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Decatur. He graduated from Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, Plainfield in 1977 and Indiana University, Ft. Wayne, with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 1980 and a Bachelor of Science of Public Affairs in 1985. He had a Master’s Degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan in 2000.
Kerry worked for the Adams County Sheriff’s Department from 1973 to 1986, in many different compacities, such as, Reserve Deputy, Dispatcher/Turnkey, Deputy Sheriff, and then Detective, and lastly serving as Sheriff of Adams County from 1987 to 1990. He and his wife then moved to Auburn, where he was the Chief of Police for the City of Auburn from 1991 to 1999. He served his country in the U.S. Army in Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also served as a Special Agent for the Department of Defense.
Kerry was a member of the Decatur Masonic Lodge 571 F. & A.M. of which he was the Past Worshipful Master. He was a former member of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Fort Wayne, and the Mizpah Shrine. He was also a former member of the Pleasant Mills Lions Club, and Past President of the Decatur Optimist Club, and former member of the Indiana Sheriff’s Association. He was the current President of the Smoky Mt. Lodge 31, Sevierville, TN.
Kerry is survived by wife of 48 years, Marilyn R. Uhrick of Sevierville, TN and Decatur,IN; 2 sons, David L. (Kristina) Uhrick of Ft. Wayne, IN and Jeffrey L. (Denise) Uhrick of Chandler, AZ; a daughter, Lisa C. (Ryon) Adcock of Portage, IN; 2 sisters, Joyce (Greg) Smith of Bluffton, IN and Judy (Jerry) Wyatt of Warren, IN; a sister-in-law, Jane Uhrick of Berne, IN; 2 step brothers, Bill (Claudia) Bergdoll of Angola, IN and Jim (Sheila) Bergdoll of Michigan; 2 step sisters, Cindy (Mike) Wolfe and Ann (Jim) Harshman both of Bluffton, IN; 4 grandchildren, Baylee, Jadon, Abigail, and Isaac.
He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother, Madonna Uhrick, twin brother, Larry Uhrick, and a step sister, Terri Black.
Visitation will be from 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 25, 2019, at Haggard-Sefton-Hirschy & Zelt Funeral Home, with a Masonic Service conducted at 7:00 p.m.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Decatur, IN, with visitation 1 hour prior to the service from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Pastor Ryon Adcock and Pastor Ernie Suman will be officiating. Entombment will follow in the crypt of their mausoleum in Ray Cemetery in Monroe, IN. Military Graveside Rites will be conducted at that time.
Memorials may be made to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church or Wounded Warriors Project.
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