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JEROME " JERRY" E., 74
Ocala - Jerome "Jerry" E. Illies, 74, of Ocala, FL, passed away on March 2, 2014.
He was born on May 27, 1939 to Michael and Rose (Marthaler) Illies (deceased) in Long Prairie, MN. Jerry retired from the U.S. Air Force on December 31, 1978 after 21 years of service as Master Sergeant, flying numerous tours including Vietnam. After retiring from the Air Force, Jerry flew for Saudi Arabian Airlines, National Airlines, Tower Air, and Japan Airlines. He retired from the airline industries after 20 years of service. Jerry loved traveling and spending time with his family and friends.
He was a devout Catholic, and a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church where he took part in Eucharistic Adoration and the Ministry of Praise.
He is survived by his bride of 34 years, Carolyn "Jean" of Ocala; sons, Michael Illies of Houston, TX, and Stephen Illies of Mesa, AZ; daughter, Elizabeth (Joe) Miller of Gilbert, AZ; sons, Darren (Melita) Pratt of Altus, OK, Brian (Sharon) Pratt of Carthage, TN, and Allen (Maura) Pratt of Prattville, AL; 23 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three aunts; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; sister, Judy (Wally) Hedlund of Long Prairie, MN; brothers, Michael (Betty) Illies of Goodland, MN, John (Patti) Illies of Grand Rapids, MN; brother-in-law, Bill Marty of Grey Eagle, MN; and many devoted friends. Preceded in death by sisters, Rosemary Illies and Rita Marty; and brother, Joseph Illies. Memorial Mass will be held at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Family recommends memorial contributions to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, The Independence Fund, or your favorite veteran's organization. Sentiments may be left online at:
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Mar. 4 to Mar. 5, 2014