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Gerald 'Jerry' Dale Showley, 82, a retired Food Services Vendor, of Gainesville, FL, formerly of Flint, MI, died Friday, April 6th, 2018. He went peacefully in his sleep after a long battle with dementia. He was preceded in death by his parents Dale and Veronica Showley; step-mother Mary Showley; brother Art Showley; and nephew Jayson Showley. He is survived by wife of 50 years Joanne (Averill); children Lauralee Lucas and husband Bo of Alachua, FL, Jennifer Munsell and husband Mike of Gainesville, FL; grandchildren Scott Frazier of Fort White, FL, Alicia Frazier of Jacksonville, FL, Emily Coldicott and husband William of Colorado Springs, CO, Hunter and Hudson Munsell of Gainesville, FL; 4 great-grandchildren; sister Kathleen Seniff and husband Leo of Flint, MI and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was a wonderful husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather, and godfather. He had a quick wit and loved telling stories. He was an avid movie buff of mostly westerns and classic horror films. He also had a mean sweet tooth; you could always find Hershey bars, Reese's, and M&Ms nearby. Jerry was born in Flint, MI on May 28th, 1935 to Dale and Veronica (McClone) Showley. In his early teens he underwent emergency surgery which caused brain damage. He was deaf in his left ear, paralyzed on the right side of his body, with a life expectancy of 40. Despite these overwhelming obstacles, he battled back and graduated from Northern High School in 1953. He married Joanne (Averill) in June, 1967. He worked for Greyhound Food Mgmt. for 21 years retiring in 1988. He enjoyed a long retirement travelling the world with his wife. He was a snow bird and loved spending time with friends in both Flint, MI and Bradenton, FL. In addition to this, he adored cuddling with his grand babies and great-grand babies. He will be dearly missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him. A celebration of life will be held at Brookdale Assisted Living Facility, 1001 SW 62nd Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32607 on April 20th, 2018 from 1pm-3pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606 or online at

Published in Gainesville Sun from Apr. 15 to Apr. 16, 2018
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