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Jerry Simler


1937 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Jerry Simler Obituary
JERRY L. SIMLER, 77 FREEPORT - Jerry L. Simler, 77, of Freeport went to be with his Lord, Thursday, August 14, 2014, surrounded by his loving family, following his long courageous battle with cancer. Born April 3, 1937, in Freeport, he was the son of Eddie and Harriet (Spielman) Simler. Jerry married Sharon M. Bocker, on September 30, 1967, in Adeline. Jerry served in the US Navy from 1955 to 1959, with the Seabees. He worked for Garman Construction and Civil Construction from which he retired in 1998. He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ, the VFW Post #998 and AMVETS Post #32. Jerry loved to spend time with his grandchildren, going golfing with them, attending their events and taking family vacations to the Smoky Mountains. He was an avid bowler and golfer. Also enjoyed fishing, playing cards and going to the casino. Surviving are his loving wife, Sharon of Freeport; devoted children, Anita (Greg) Bicksler of Ridott and Michael (Jen Maves) Simler of Freeport; cherished grandchildren, Rachel and Bryce Bicksler, Brennan Simler, Rachel and Becca Maves; two sisters, Virginia Jonas of Rockford, June Miller of Freeport; one brother, Ronald (Lynette) Simler of Hillsboro, OR; numerous nieces, nephews and his beloved dog, Princess. Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, Robert, Jim, Dale, Richard Simler; and sister, Joyce Shade. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at St. John United Church of Christ, with Rev. Dr. Donnley Dutcher officiating. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. Monday at Walker Mortuary, Freeport. Burial will be at the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport. A memorial has been established in his memory. Jerry's family invites friends to share a story or light a candle in his honor at walkermortuary.com.
Published in The Journal-Standard from Aug. 16 to Aug. 17, 2014
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