February 20, 1944 – July 18, 2021

Jerry J. McFarland

Jerry was born on February 20, 1944, to James Hubert McFarland and Louise McFarland Bird in New Castle, Indiana. He is a graduate of Hagerstown High School and has a Bachelor of Science from Ball State University in Urban Regional Planning and Political Science and holds a Master of Arts in Communication Arts from the University of West Florida.

Jerry dedicated 24 years of his life to military service, which concluded with him retiring with the rank of Master Sergeant. His military career began with 3 years of Army Service including service in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, and 21 years of service with the United States Air Force.

During his Air Force career, Jerry worked in two major Air Force Indications and Warning Centers (Europe & Korea) and spent 6 years in Human Intelligence. He was also the Red Flag Middle East briefer where he briefed more than 5,000 aircrew members, commanders, and dignitaries. Jerry taught two blocks of instruction at the Air Force Officer's Advance Tactical Intelligence Course.

Jerry’s education continued during his days in the Air Force where he graduated from the Armed Forces Air Intelligence Course, the Radar Artwork Prediction Course, the Air Ground Operations Course, and the Air Force Instructor's course. Jerry also worked as a Federal Investigator, University Center Director, and Group Supervisor in his civilian life.

Jerry enjoyed photography, spending time with his family, bible study at First United Methodist Church and participating in a writer’s group called Writer’s Round Table at the Boerne Public Library, and wrote a fictional historical novel called His Name is Jacob Harris that was published in 2018.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 37 years, Chong; 2 children, Jason and Michael; and a brother, Ron.

We love him and we miss him.

Visitation was held on Monday, August 2nd, 2021, at 11:30 AM at the Sunset Funeral Home (1701 Austin Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78218 with a funeral service following at 12:45 PM. The military honors were held on Monday, August 2nd, 2021, at 2:15 PM at the Fort. Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 7820).

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