Jerry Lank

Jerry Lank, Mechanicsburg PA

Born 11/7/1938 and died 3/29/2017

He is survived by the love of his life, Mary, his wife of almost 52 years and children; daughter Rhonda Hebbard (David), son Jeffrey Lank (Tina) and daughter Joy Shill (Todd). He was so very proud of his two granddaughters Riley and Nia. He is also survived by his sister Yvonne Royster (Otis) of Chester, VA; sister-in-law Phyllis Lank; the cousin he loved like a sister, Carol Caruana and many nieces and nephews whom he adored. He was predeceased by his mom Jane Riley Arthur and his father Granville Lank, as well as his younger brother Gale Lank. 

Jerry was a deeply passionate and fun-loving man. He was a huge fan of baseball, following the Nationals and Orioles, played in and coached many over 40 softball and baseball leagues, co-created and coached a baseball camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. He enjoyed watching NASCAR races with his family both on TV and at Dover Downs!

He was always known as ‘Captain Jerry’ among the boating crowd all along the Eastern Shore of Maryland. An expert captain, he was the one the marina would call to rescue boaters who were out to sea during a storm.

A super businessman and entrepreneur he retired from Getty Petroleum and later owned Aero Oil Company in New Oxford, PA. He was in sales all his life, and swears that everyone is always ‘selling’ something.

Jerry was a devoted Sertoman and a member of the Carlisle Sertoma Club. He was a past district governor and International Director for Sertoma Inc. He met many lifetime friends in that organization and always talked about the importance of getting involved and giving back to your community. “It is what you make it!”

A graduate of Snow Hill High School in Snow Hill, MD and Goldey Beacom College in Wilmington, DE, Jerry believed in education and hard work and taught his children through example.

His dynamic personality, bear hugs, big ol’ belly laughs that could trigger the Richter Scale, and beautiful blue eyes will be deeply missed by all those who had the pleasure to know him.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Sertoma Fantasy Baseball Camp may be mailed to Capital Area Sertoma Club, 10 North Front Street, Suite B Wormleysburg, PA 17043.

The Sullivan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lank family.




Jerry really was amazing and touched so many lives! I met him first many years as "Coach Jerry" at the Sertoma Baseball Camp for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing kids when my son (now 21) was first diagnosed with hearing loss. Through him, that camp gave terrified parents like me the opportunity to be around and get to know other kids and parents and to see what truly is possible! That camp had as much benefit for me in those early years as it did for my son, and I will always be grateful. God bless you all at this difficult time.


It is always a sad day when we lose someone we love and respect. Because of previous obligations, I will be unable to attend the
funeral. My thoughts and prayers are given to the family on their loss. I am delighted to be a member of Sertoma and was
very impressed with Jerry's involvement with Sertoma.


Please accept my sincerest condolences for your loss. Reading Jerry's obituary is both sad in that it came too soon and a lovely invitation to walk down memory lane. The Sweet Brier / Hidden Valley Lane vortex of fun, laughter, go-carts, and neighborhood parties was always made more fun with Mr. Lank's fun-loving outlook and great sense of humor. He teased in a way that made you know you were cared for and laughed in a way that everyone should. I will never forget him - or your family - and am so glad he was part of an incredible childhood for all of us. I will also, for some reason, never forget the "We got the lead out" Getty sweatshirt. That comes to mind far more than you might imagine. Sending my thoughts and prayers to you all.


Jerry touched many lives and has received his wings, I'm sure of it. All of the family and my sweet Mary and in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Linda in VA


Jerry was a resident where I work. He was very kind, always saying How u do ? I will miss seeing him as I delivered his laundry. Mary, you are in my thoughts and prayers, as well as your children and grandchildren. Rest In Peace Jerry...


He was my favorite Coach when first I meet him! I will missed him! Fly away Coach Jerry!


Jerry was my over-40 softball coach for several years during my playing career and his enthusiasm and love of the game made it so enjoyable to be part of his team. His laugh and demeanor seemed to always bring the best out in each player, which in turn elevated the team to many successful wins. In addition, after a lot of big wins the entire team would be invited to his house for some of the finest food I've ever eaten. His wife was so pleasant and had phenomenal meals. Jerry never changed off the field, as his interactions with the players at these parties just extended his likable personality to everyone around the team, and I will never forget him.

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