Gerald W. "Jerry" Gump, age 86, a longtime resident of Kent, passed away Saturday, November 17, 2012, at Akron City Hospital.|
He was born February 24, 1926, in Detroit, Michigan, a son of the late Gaylord William and Nellie (Meagher) Gump. Gerald was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as a First Sergeant in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Jerry was a construction engineer, retiring in 1990 from Republic Steel/LTV in Cleveland. Even after retirement, he remained an engineer. Jerry was constantly looking over blueprints, admiring bridges and construction, and keeping himself occupied.
Jerry loved the community of Kent. He was a member of St. Patrick Parish in Kent, and the Knights of Columbus. He graduated from Kent State High School, playing on the varsity ice hockey team. He enjoyed golfing and reading, but most of all was dedicated to his family. Jerry was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
Gerald is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Anita (McAllister) Gump; their children, Cathy (Alvin) Gorham, Denise Eagle, Maureen Watson, Edward (Jennifer) Gump, William Gump, Nadine (Dan) Gump Saldana, Judith Wilke, and Sherry (Todd) Blair; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Gump; sister, Karen (Jim) Roach; and brother-in-law, Tom Fisher. Jerry's memory will also be cherished by his 18 grandchildren as well as his many loving great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Debbie Green; son, Kenneth Gump; brother, John Gump and sisters, Bernadette Griggy, Loretta Fisher, and Ida Mae Morson.
Friends will be received Monday, November 19, 2012, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Richard Pentello on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Church, 313 North Depeyster St., Kent (Please meet at the church). Interment will follow at Standing Rock Cemetery with military honors provided by the U.S. Army and American Legion Post 496 in Kent.
Condolences and memories may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and the entire staff of Akron City Hospital's Palliative Care Unit for their loving care of Gerald during his illness.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Nov. 18, 2012