Jack H. Schron, Sr., Founder of Jergens Incorporated, was born as the only child of Christy and Ruth Schron on April 21, 1917 in Cleveland, OH. He attended Collinwood High School where he spent many hours in the school's machine shop. Jack began his career as a tool and die apprenticeship at White Motor Company and completed his training at Thompson Products.
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In 1942, Jack and his father opened their first machine shop, Glenn Tool and Manufacturing, located in the Collinwood area. The two started the business with just one employee. Now, the company employs over 300 people, with locations in Cleveland, Acme Industrial Company (Carpentersville, IL), and Shanghai. Currently the third and fourth generations of family members continue to run the business. He also holds numerous United States and International Patents for both products and processes in the manufacturing field.
Jack was involved in the first State of Ohio International Trade Mission, with Governor James Rhodes. He was selected by Governor Rhodes to be a member of the Ohio Commodores and later elected to serve as its Grand Commodore. He was an active member of the NTMA and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers which recognized Jack as "Engineer of the Year" and is listed him in the Who's Who of Engineering.
Jack was a 33rd degree Mason and a member of the Masonic Order Lyndhurst Chapter. Jack served on the city council of Moreland Hills. He was honored for his achievements by Collinwood High School in May of 2006 by being inducted into their Hall of Fame. Jack was also a member of the Medina Presbyterian Church.
Jack was an avid wood worker, model railroading enthusiast, and a photographer.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Esther; and sons, Terry (Jayme), Jack Jr. (Mary Ellen); daughter, Sue Evans (John); and daughter-in-law, Pat.
He was preceded in death by his son, Col. Courtney Schron USMC; and his parents, Christy and Ruth Schron.
Jack has 12 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren with one on the way.
Friends may call Sunday, September 7th from 2:00-5:00 at Waite & Son Funeral Home, 765 N. Court St., Medina, Oh. Private family services. Memorial contributions can be made to Shriners International Headquarters, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607-1460.
Published in Courier News from Sept. 6 to Sept. 7, 2008