William "Jerry" Mitzner, 78, beloved Father, was called to his eternal resting place on Thursday, April 2, 2020. Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home in honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.
He entered this world on September 14, 1941, in Dayton, OH to Robert Jack and Mary Lee Mitzner.
Jerry loved his family and is survived by son Michael Jerry Mitzner and daughter Amy Lynn Mitzner as well as his grandchildren Michael Jerry Mitzner II, Matthew Robert Mitzner, Sophia Marie Mitzner, Alexander Winslow Green, and Jeremiah Winslow Green.
Jerry received degrees in Mathematics and Physics from the University of North Alabama where he was active in ROTC and also the Alabama Army National Guard. He served in the United States Army from September 1963 until he was honorably discharged in May 1967 during which he achieved the rank of Captain. Also, during his service, he received the National Defense Service Medal, the Basic Missileman Badge, and The Army Commendation Medal. His military career, while brief, was a very pivotal period that shaped both his character and future career. Military service opened doors for him to work as a NASA contractor where he was involved in both the early satellite and early-astronaut space programs. During this period, he learned computer programming which then began a private-sector career ending with his retirement at IBM. Jerry was a devout Christian and shared his faith with his family, staying active at Spring Hill Baptist Church and also as a volunteer with McKemie Place, a local Mobile-area women's homeless shelter.
A memorial service for the family will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020, at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in the name of William Jerry Mitzner to "McKemie Place".
A graveside service will be held at 10am on Saturday, 04/04/2020.