Rev. Gerald "Jerry" Wolcott
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West Des Moines
Reverend Gerald B. Wolcott, age 84, died Tuesday January 1, 2013. Jerry was born in Davenport, Iowa to Royce and Edna (Miller) Wolcott. He graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College and Garrett Evangelical Theological College, in Evanston, Ill. He was united in marriage to Ruth Prehn on August 9, 1953.
Jerry was ordained in Clinton, IA on Feb. 12, 1956, and was a member of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church. He retired in 1992. During his retirement he and Ruth enjoyed clown ministry and touched many lives through church, hospital, and children's programs. Over the years, Jerry also loved walking his Pugs, golfing, and wintering in Arizona.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ruth, his son, Jim (Sue) Wolcott of Sioux City; his daughter Jeri (Jeff) Daniels; son Joel (Karen) Wolcott and grandchildren Matthew (Megan) Wolcott; Amanda (fiancé Joel Hugunin) Wolcott; Ben (Mackenzie) Keenan; Tom Keenan; Jillian and Kyle Wolcott; and step grandchildren Jessi and Bobby Daniels.
Jerry enjoyed spending time in daily Bible devotions with Ruth and family time with his children and grandchildren. He encourages you to make that same commitment and grow your relationship with Jesus.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Valley United Methodist Church, West Des Moines, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Private burial will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Valley United Methodist Church.
Iles Funeral Home - Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50322
Published in Des Moines Register from Jan. 3 to Jan. 5, 2013