Reverend Jerry A. Pence, 72 - Golden Valley, Arizona

Reverend Jerry A. Pence, 72, of Golden Valley, Arizona, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 24, 2012, in Kingman, Arizona.

He was born March 8, 1940, in Springfield, Ohio, to JoAnn Wewera and Wolford Cline "Mickey" Pence.

He moved with his family to West Virginia where he spent his life until he graduated and then joined the Air Force after graduating from Calhoun County High School in 1958.

He married Judith Ann Popejoy from Marshall, Mo., on June 5, 1961.

He was an ordained minister in 1981 with the Assemblies of God in Arizona.

He attended Cochise Community College in Sierra Vista, Ariz. and was a graduate of Global University for his ministerial studies.

From 1963 to 1965 Jerry apprenticed in offset printing before moving to Arizona where he worked in print shops and served for several years as production manager at the Herald Dispatch in Sierra Vista.

He retired from printing in 2002 from D&L Press in Phoenix.

Jerry was a youth pastor in Sedalia, Mo., and pastored four churches in Arizona retiring from pastoral ministry in 2009, moving to his home in Golden Valley.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Pence of Golden Valley; his children, Jerry Allen Pence Jr. (Rhenda) of Texas and Elisabeth Renee Pence Schad (Dan) of Phoenix; grandchildren, Destiny Rose Schad, La Tricia Ann Schad, Jonathan Robert Pence and David Joshiah Pence; sisters, Ruth Wright of Spencer, W.Va., Francine Hall of Parkersburg, W.Va., Donna Diane from Ohio and Mary Jane Fowler from West Virginia; one brother, Richard Kyer from West Virginia; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; pets, and his buddy Joey Kat. He was preceded in death by one sister, one brother, and his mother, father and stepfather.

Interment was in the Mountain View Cemetery.