John Britt

John Gerald "Jerry" Britt

Friday, July 21st, 1939 - Friday, October 30th, 2020
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John G. “Jerry” Britt, man of brilliant mind, devout faith and adventurous spirit, passed away on Friday, October 30th, 2020. He was 81.

Jerry was born on July 21, 1939 in Kansas City, KS to John Homer and Dorothy Dean (Massey) Britt. One for always bettering himself, he obtained several degrees, including a Master of Theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville and a PhD. from Iowa State University in Computer Science and Statistics. He was a Math and Computer Science professor at the Minnesota State University-Moorhead for many years before working for the IRS.

Jerry was very active, becoming a marathon runner and cross-country cyclist in 1972. His fondest memory and greatest accomplishment he said was walking across the United States for a pro-life march. He also enjoyed many playful years with his service dog, Dinty.

Jerry was very active in his church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Independence. His faith was very important to him and he took many religious pilgrimages abroad. He also had a sharp sense of humor and smart poker hand. One of his goals in life was to be the first blind poker player to participate in a Las Vegas poker tournament. He almost reached this goal as he was the second blind player. The first player was there the month before. Jerry was a dear friend and will be missed by those that knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Douglas; and his former wife and friend, Lynn Rockhart.

A visitation will be held Monday, November 16th at 11am with Rosary at 11:30am. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12:00pm, all at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Independence. Interment will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Raytown.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Outreach.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, November 16th, 2020 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Monday, November 16th, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
    St. Mary's Catholic Church
    600 N Liberty St
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rosary will begin at 11:30am
  • Service

    Monday, November 16th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Monday, November 16th, 2020 12:00pm
    St. Mary's Catholic Church
    Independence, MO 64055
  • Interment

    Mount Olivet Cemetery
    7601 Blue Ridge Blvd.
    Raytown, MO 64133
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