MORTON - Gerald D. "Jerry" Kaufman, 80, of Morton died at 8:10 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.
He was born Dec. 17, 1933, in Morton to Edward and Edna Pauline (Potts) Kaufman. He married E. Jolene Forke on Dec. 22, 1956, in Morton. She preceded him in death on March 11, 2010.
He also was preceded in death by one sister, Doris Dallinger.
Surviving are three daughters, Jeri Lynn Kaufman of St. Louis, Mo., Kelly Jo Davidson of Deer Creek and Diana (Darrin) Sparks of Troy, Ill.; one grandson, Devon Sparks, and one granddaughter, Natasha Sparks, both of Troy, Ill.; one brother, Donald (Jean) Kaufman of Sarasota, Fla.; and two sisters, Norma Streeb of Lena, Ill., and Phyllis (Donald) Shepard of Redwood City, Calif.
Jerry was a 1952 graduate of Morton High School. Following school, he joined the United States Navy, serving with the Seabees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Africa.
He worked for CILCO at Edwards Station for 33 years, retiring in 1989. He later worked at Morton School District 709 as a bus driver until April 2011.
Jerry was a member of the Deer Creek United Methodist Church and American Legion Post 318 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5921, both in Morton. He also was a member of Morton Masonic Lodge 352 AF&AM, serving as a past Master, and was a past Associate Grand Guardian for the state of Illinois with Job's Daughters. He was a member of the Shriners, Scottish Rite-Valley of Peoria, the Loyal Order of Moose and the Peoria Sportsman's Club.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton, with Pastor Russ Rhodes officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the funeral home, followed by services by the Morton Masonic Lodge and Job's Daughters Cross Formation. Further visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memory Gardens in Morton, where military rites will be conducted by the United States Navy.
Memorials may be made to Deer Creek United Methodist Church.
To view Jerry's video tribute or to leave an online condolence for the family, visit www.knappjohnson.com.
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