Jerry Eppy was the first from his family to go to college. His father offered to pay for his first year at college as an incentive to get him started, and also to let him live at home as long as he was in college. Jerry’s family lived in a rented home in a working class neighborhood. By the time he was 21 years old, the demographics changed and it became an unsafe place to live. Even though he was a full time student, he used his savings to buy a house for himself and his parents in a safe neighborhood. He stepped up to the challenge/opportunity and purchased the house. He still managed to attain a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
Jerry’s career has been both varied and successful. He has been a machinist, a production foreman, and a plant engineer. He has worked for a public utility and managed a municipal electric and water utility. He has also found time to coach soccer, baseball, basketball, and track, all at the grade school level.
Jerry has raised his children to be involved in improving the quality of life for those around them. All of his children have done charitable work. One has a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling, and has his name in the Governor’s Hall of Fame for a program he wrote for use in the schools, regarding substance abuse. Another of his children has served in the Peace Corps.
Jerry Eppy is now begging others to step up and meet a need, as he did, and his children are doing, and not to offer excuses or look the other way. These essays are his attempt to promote awareness and maybe incite someone to action.