Jerry Lee Case

May 24, 2022 Kennett Square, PA

Jerry Lee Case, 87 of Kennett Square, passed peacefully on May 24, 2022.

Raised in Fairfield, Iowa, Jerry’s childhood Midwest values were instilled by his Grandparents. Jerry graduated Cedar Falls High School (Iowa) in 1953. He earned a wrestling scholarship to Iowa State Teachers College (now University of Northern Iowa) and trained under the world-renowned college coach Bill Koll. He and his high school sweetheart, Anna May Westphal, attended college together and married in 1955, spending the next 60 years building a remarkable life and family together.

An outstanding student, Jerry finished college in three years applying to the University of Iowa Medical School and graduated 10th in his class in 1960, the day his 4th child was born. He completed a civilian internship in Phoenix, AZ, in 1960. During this time, Jerry committed to a career in the Navy Medical Corps Service in orthopedic surgery. In 1962, Jerry reported to the USS Prairie, a Destroyer tender based in San Diego, as the ship’s General Medical Officer. As a young officer, Jerry promptly restructured the medical department on board – a legacy that still stands today. Jerry was accepted in 1962 into the Philadelphia Naval Hospital orthopedics residency. Part of his orthopedic training entailed a six-month pediatric orthopedic rotation at the renowned A.I. DuPont Institute (now Nemours Childrens Hospital) which resulted in moving his growing family to Wilmington, DE. Completing his training in 1965, Jerry was assigned to a unit in the 1st Marine Division in Chu Lai, Vietnam from 1965 through 1966. Upon return from Vietnam, Jerry became Chief of the Orthopedics department at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital. In 1971, he left the Navy and entered private practice in Wilmington, DE. There, he established a successful orthopedic practice that spanned 43 years.

Jerry strongly supported and cheered on his children’s and grandchildren’s many achievements, all of whom he was immensely proud.

He is survived by his daughters Vickie, Mary and Jennie, and sons Brad, Michael, Steven, Mark, Christopher and Patrick, seventeen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Friends of Jerry are invited to call on Tuesday, June 14, at the Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 W. State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348, from 10:30 AM, followed by a Service of Remembrance from 11AM to 12PM at the same location. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Jerry Case’s honor be made to the J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust, 1974 Sproul Rd, Ste. 400, Broomall, PA 19008. Donate online to www.plattscholar.org.

Arrangements by Kuzo Funeral Home of Kennett Square, PA.

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J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust

1974 Sproul Rd, Ste. 400
Broomall, PA 19008
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Services

Calling Hours

June 14, 2022 10:30AM to 11:00AM Kuzo Funeral Home
250 W. State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Service of Remembrance

June 14, 2022 11:00AM to 12:00PM Kuzo Funeral Home
250 W. State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Guestbook

  1. He will always be my one and only Uncle Jerry. Hugs to all of you.

    Julie Hanusa | June 16, 2022 at 12:02 AM
  2. So sorry Mike for your loss. May he Rest In Peace in eternity with you mom. Love you my friend.
    Rie Aruffo

    Marie Aruffo | June 10, 2022 at 5:50 PM
  3. Dearest Patrick and family,

    We are so sorry to hear of your dads passing. We know he was your hero and how much you looked up to him. I know he’s proud of you. You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ❤️Love ya, friend! Big Montana ((hugs))!

    Kristian and James Testa-Denny | June 8, 2022 at 12:09 AM
  4. I had this site bookmarked because of the recent passing of my uncle. I had saved the link to my Uncle Dominic’s obituary but when I opened the Kuzo page, Dr. Case’s was the first to appear.
    Dr. Case changed my life many years ago. A victim of a hit and run accident that left me an amputee, I spent two months in a trauma hospital in New York City where I had multiple surgeries. Upon returning Kennett Square, I spent a month in a Wilmington Hospital. It was there that I was introduced to Dr. Case. Because of his experiences as an orthopedist and, as he told me, his time in Vietnam, he was familiar with amputation. He said I would never be able to walk on my residual limb as it was and explained the need for another surgery. He spent a lot of time explaining everything in detail and I trusted him. He did the surgery, and his knowledge and skill made it possible for me to be active and relatively pain free for the last 43 years.
    In 1988, I competed in the Paralympics in Seoul, South Korea as member of the U.S. team and as a sprinter. Dr. Case learned that I was competing from a local news story and he somehow found a way to send a congratulatory telegram to me in the Olympic Village. That was nearly ten years after I was his patient and I have to say, my teammates were as impressed as I was!
    I will never forget Dr. Case and I still think of him to this day. He inspired me to work with other amputees and to help them obtain the services they need to live the active lifestyle he made possible for me. I wanted to share this story with Dr. Case’s family although I’m sure you already know that he was a wonderful man and a great doctor. My deepest condolences for your loss.

    Antoinette D'Orazio | June 7, 2022 at 1:07 PM
  5. I am a Delaware attorney specializing in personal injury on behalf of injured persons. I had many dealings with Dr. Case who was involved with independent medical exams. Over time, I became very fond of Dr. Case, and I hope the feeling was mutual. He was always honest, professional and even though he appeared gruff, he had a wonderful heart. Our relationship began in the 80s and we had dealings until early 2000. I remember having him as a guest at Wilmington Country Club, which was a fun day. Recently I asked Dr. Kupcha, a member at Fieldstone, if Jerry was still playing, and Paul said he had not seen him for a while. I know how much Jerry enjoyed golf. May God rest his soul. Bernard Van Ogtrop

    bernard van ogtrop | June 6, 2022 at 9:56 AM
  6. Mi ángel Dr Case por siempre en mi corazón los voy a extrañar mucho descanse en paz

    Maria | June 4, 2022 at 7:16 PM
  7. Brad,
    I’m so sorry to learn this sad news. I pray for your comfort during this difficult time.

    Gary Sokola | June 2, 2022 at 10:08 AM
  8. My condolences to the Case family. Dr. Case was a longtime customer of mine for his HVAC system needs at his home and office. A finer man I have never met.

    Bud Thompson | June 2, 2022 at 8:03 AM
  9. A truly benevolent man whose warm smile and camaraderie will be sorely missed.
    Ron & Betty Levocz

    Reynold N. Levocz | June 1, 2022 at 2:39 PM
  10. Dear Case family,
    We want you to know that we sorrow with you at your father’s death, even as you grieve still at the loss of your mother. You are all special to us, who have the privilege of being your only aunt and uncle. We reqret times of separation in the past, but were thankful to have a good visit with your father on his birthday. We even inflicted him with our Happy Birthday duet! God be with you all.
    Aunt Janet and Uncle George

    George and Janet Hanusa | May 31, 2022 at 11:33 AM

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