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Gerald Ackley Lynch, "Jerry"

Obituary for Gerald Ackley Lynch, "Jerry"

November 17, 1924 - November 26, 2018
Hockessin, Delaware | Age 94

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Gerald A. Lynch, 94 of Cokesbury Village, Hockessin, DE passed away November 26, 2018. Jerry was born November 17, 1924 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the late Lewis and Florence (Ackley) Lynch. A graduate of The University of Wisconsin (Madison) in 1948, he was a Registered Professional Engineer, a member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, The Newark Senior Center, First Presbyterian Church, The Newark Historical Society and The 2 X 4 Square Dance Club. He served in the Navy during WWII in the Pacific and was named a Paul Harris Fellow in The Rotary International.

At his retirement in 1981, Mr. Lynch was a Senior Consultant in The DuPont Engineering Department. He did research in noise and vibration technology jointly with Larry Mitchell at The Experimental Station and they originated and were the first in the world to use real time analyzers to reduce vibration and noise and improve the performance and design of all types of machinery.

Jerry was preceded by his dear wife of 66 years, Marion Hedding Lynch in 2012 and his brother Donald and sisters Marjorie Giese and Ardith Greene. He is survived by his son Michael K. Lynch and wife Helen of Newark, DE; his daughter Jane Ackley Lynch of New York City; brother Norman of California and sister Charlotte Wesenberg of Wisconsin.

His interests included pencil sketching, watercolor, oil painting, pastel painting, and sculpting. In addition to private holdings, 12 pieces of artwork are in the Lynch Collection at The Newark Historical Society. The Special Collections at The University of Delaware has several sketches of speakers that talked there. Other interests were Nantucket basket making, the stock market, assisting in the construction and scenery painting of about sixty five sets at Chapel Street Players, container gardening, camping and yeast baking, having made over 15,000 English muffins and most of the bread from 1950 to 2015.

Jerry wore a plaid tam-o-shanter, made by his sister Marge, for many years and several thousand people, out of the blue, told him they liked his tam.

Funeral arrangements are private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made payable to your favorite charity and sent in care of R.T. Foard & Jones, Inc., 122 W. Main St., Newark, DE 19711.

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