By Submitted Story on July 12, 2022
Jerry Alan Froehlich, a teacher his entire life, went to heaven on July 10, 2022 at the age of 88. Jerry is well known in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, as an amazing educator who helped change the lives of 175 inmates from the Dare County Detention Center when he facilitated them receiving their GEDs. He went on to work at the College of the Albemarle for several years as a math tutor.
Jerry was born in Neville, Ohio on September 24, 1933 to Julia (VanDerVeer) and Herbert Froehlich. Jerry was raised in Newport, Kentucky. At the age of 18, he met his future “lovely wife”, Gail Obermann, age 15, from “across the river” in Cincinnati, Ohio. He spent 4 years in the Navy as a Diesel Mechanic and an Engineman Second Class. After he and Gail got married, he used the GI Bill to educate himself up to a Master’s Degree from Xavier University. Jerry absolutely loved teaching at the High School and College level. However, he once said there wasn’t “enough money in the county to teach 7th graders again” after a brief substitute teaching gig.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 64 years, Gail Froehlich; a daughter, Kimberlee (Mark) Eckhart; two grandchildren, Madison and Landon Eckhart; a son, Todd (Darlene) Froehlich; and two surviving siblings, Judy Garrison and Dave Froehlich.
Jerry loved writing stories, garage sales, amusement parks, volunteering, reading, telling stories, and making people laugh.
No services are planned. Gallop Funeral services is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.gallopfuneralservices.com.