Gerard 'Jerry' Hessels died in his sleep on April 25, 2013. He was 94 years old and would have been 95 on May 29, 2013. Jerry retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Maryland and lived in Vero Beach, Yalaha, and Gainesville, FL. He obtained a BA from the University of Florida during his retirement. Jerry was a long time volunteer at the Florida Museum of Natural History as a docent for school tours and at the Butterfly Rainforest. He was an experienced gardener and plant enthusiast. Mr. Hessels was preceded in death by his wife Winifred and his son, Robert G. Hessels. A celebration of Jerry's life will be held on May 11, from 1-3 PM at his home.

Published in Gainesville Sun from May 2 to May 3, 2013