Jerry Bedenbaugh

Jerry H. Bedenbaugh

Friday, May 12th, 1933 - Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
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Jerry Hugh Bedenbaugh, 86, of Palatka, transitioned from this life on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Jerry was the youngest of 13 children born in Lake City to Raymond Artemas Bedenbaugh and Mary Hadden Bedenbaugh. He graduated from Columbia High School in 1952 and served honorably in the National Guard for 9 years. Jerry became an officer with the Florida Highway Patrol where he served in Duval, Brevard and Putnam Counties. He retired in 1980 as a Sergeant following 26 years of dedicated service. Following his time with FHP, Jerry pursued his interest as a licensed contractor building homes and other local projects. In 1983, Jerry purchased Brunner Building Supply in East Palatka which he owned and operated until 2011. He was a member of the Palatka Horseman Club and in years past was a supporter of the Boosters Club and Band Program at Palatka High School. He was likewise a strong supporter of the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch and Boy Scouts program. Jerry was a very dedicated member of Christ Independent Methodist Church where he served on the Board of Stewards. Years ago, he had been a member of Francis Baptist Church where he served as Superintendent of Sunday School and as chairman of the Building Committee and served as a deacon at San Mateo Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Johnny Bedenbaugh, 11 siblings, Alma Fortner, Robert Bedenbaugh, Susan Witt, Tolula Avery, M.L. Bedenbaugh, Edwin Bedenbaugh, Raymond “R.H” Bedenbaugh, Vera Wheeler, Elizabeth Nettles, Louise Colley and Roy Bedenbaugh.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 62 years, Toby Stevens Bedenbaugh, 2 sons, Jeff Bedenbaugh (Pam) and Jed Bedenbaugh, all of Palatka, a sister, Lena Burnsed of Macclenny, 7 grandchildren, Justin Bedenbaugh (Caitlyn), Jennifer Bedenbaugh, Austen Bedenbaugh (Jesseca), Lyndsey Ricks (D.J.), Jordan Bedenbaugh (Alyssa), Jerri Mae Bedenbaugh and Mit Bedenbaugh, 3 great-grandchildren, Miley Sweat, Camden Ricks and Payton Bedenbaugh as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from Noon until 4:00 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday, May 9th and 10th at the Bedenbaugh residence at 335 Horseman Club Road in Palatka.
Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the planning of services were delayed.
Services celebrating Jerry’s homegoing are now scheduled for 10:00 A.M. Monday, June 15, 2020 at Christ Independent Methodist Church in Palatka with Bro. Michael Hudson and Bro. Amos Price officiating and the Florida Highway Patrol rendering respective honors. Graveside services and burial will be Monday at 3:00 P.M. at Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Lake City.
In lieu of sending flowers until a service is scheduled, the family requests memorial donations be sent to Christ Independent Methodist Church General Fund, 4078 Silver Lake Dr., Palatka, FL 32177, Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center, 6400 St. Johns Ave., Palatka, FL 32177 or to Tunnel 2 Towers Foundation, 2371 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island, NY 10306.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Jerry’s Book of Memories page at
Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 9th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Saturday, May 9th, 2020 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Bedenbaugh Residence
    335 Horseman Club Road
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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  • Second Visitation

    Sunday, May 10th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Sunday, May 10th, 2020 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Bedenbaugh Residence
    335 Horseman Club Road
    PALATKA, FL 32177
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, June 15th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, June 15th, 2020 10:00am
    Christ Independent Methodist Church
    4078 Silver Lake Drive
    PALATKA, FL 32177
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    Rev. Michael Hudson
  • Interment

    Bethel United Methodist Church Cemetery
    Lake City
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Susan Campbell Farley

Posted at 08:13am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Jerry is in God’s hands, but will always be in our hearts.
With sympathy,
The Campbells- Jane, Rame, Susan, and in memory of Si Campbell

Solon & Phyllis Brown

Posted at 09:44am
Our Deepest and most Heartfelt Sympathy to Toby and family.

Solon & Phyllis Brown


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Posted at 01:13pm
My heart brakes !to the family im so sorry!! Have had the privilege to know mr jerry thru a life long memories starting at the highway patrol my mother shirley jernigan had jerry to do her funeral witch was beautifull jeaven is a better place rest in peace old friend !!! Clay jernigan

Carlton Bishop

Posted at 12:54pm
Ms.Toby, Georgia and I think about you and your family often. During sad times like this we pray that God will comfort you and give you peace knowing that Heaven will be prepared for us when we leave here. Carl Bishop.

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