Jerry Joseph McKillop (1937 - 2018)

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Jerry Joseph McKillop, 80, of Crystal River, Florida passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. He was born September 24, 1937 in Logansport, Indiana to the late William and Bessie Mae (Harris) McKillop. The
family moved to Florida in the late 1940's. At the age of 14, he met and began dating his love of 66 years, Patricia Louise (Hohler) McKillop. They married at 17 and celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on February 25, 2018.
Jerry was a retired certified welder mechanic with the Systems Maintenance Crew of Florida Power (currently Duke Energy). To his former co-workers, he was Trashy Mac. For years, the family lived in Moss Bluff in the Ocala National Forest as he traveled with Florida Power.
Once the 5 children were grown, he and Patty relocated to St. Petersburg. In 1996, they moved to their home in Crystal River to spend retirement. Once retired, Jerry spent time with his loving wife.
His hobbies included woodworking, crossword puzzles, making the most amazing homemade jerky on the planet, spoiling their Yorkie named Sasha, and being the best Grumpy Grandpa EVER!
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Dorothy and brother Bill, and son John Michael McKillop.
He is survived by his beautiful bride Patty, one son Gary Joseph McKillop in Ocklawaha, three daughters, Wendy Lea McKillop in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Deborah Lynn (McKillop) Miller in Beverly Hills, and Christina (Tina) Louise (McKillop) Hackey and husband Johnny Ray of Crystal River, brother-in-law Edward Hohler and wife Maryanne in Apollo Beach, Brother-in-law Robert Hohler and wife Bettie in Apopka, granddaughters Tanya Vega in Puerto Rico, Cassie Blanton in South Carolina, Allison McKillop in Colorado, Tracy Scaraggi in Orlando, Meghan Hackey in Inverness, Kristen (Krissy) Hackey in Daytona, and Katelyn (Katie Bug) Hackey in Crystal River and grandsons Christopher Sipe in Tennessee, Anthony (Tony) Sipe in South Carolina, Nathaniel (Nate) Hackey in Gainesville, and Joshua (Josh) Hackey in Jacksonville, and 17 great-grandchildren.
Jerry will be cremated. No formal service arrangements will be made. A celebration of life will occur soon for all friends and family members that would like to share happy memories and good times.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Apr. 15, 2018