Gerald C. Machgan (Jerry), age 91, of Pinehurst North Carolina formerly of Ft. Wayne, IN, died July 15, 2021 at Pinehurst Health Center.

He was born June 18, 1930 at Mauston WI to Chester and Selma Machgan (later Newkirk). He was a Methodist Minister serving churches in Texas, and Indiana. Jerry was a chaplain at Parkview Hospital for 25 years. He was the chaplain at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX that arranged for last rights for President JF Kennedy. Jerry taught Clinical Pastoral Care at Parkview for many years and was in the Air Force, AF Reserves and Indiana Air National Guard for a total of 22 years.

Jerry married Elizabeth A. Burge September 9, 1951. 

Both of Jerry’s brothers preceded him in death, Jon Newkirk and Jim Machgan. 

Surviving Jerry is Liz, wife of 69 years, three children Cindy (Scheib) Novosel & Markus of Pinehurst, NC, Terry Machgan & Brenda (Coy) of Cibolo, TX, Kent Machgan of Ft. Wayne, IN and Paula Neale Rice, daughter of the heart; four grandchildren April (Machgan) Ward and Rich, Christina and Mandy Machgan and Nick Scheib & Laci ( Heisley), five great grandchildren, Tisha, Charity and Faith Ward, and Archer and Alice Scheib; nieces Julie Judd and Ken, Mrytice & TJ.

Jerry loved his family dogs, all 16 currently. 

Memorial service will be held in North Carolina Tuesday, 27 July at 6 pm. In Pinehurst United Methodist Church. Later this summer a Memorial service and interment will be held in Ft. Wayne, IN. 

Powell Funeral Home is assisting the Machgan family. 

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  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember him to be a kind and caring family man. He supported the actions of his family through encouragement and humor. He had a strong moral compass but didn’t force his beliefs on others. He was definitely a good man and will be missed.

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