Jerome Annel
1945 - 2020
Share Jerome's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Jerome Edward Annel

Born: June 28, 1945; Chicago

Died: June 20, 2020; Peoria

Peoria – Jerome Edward Annel, 74, died early Saturday morning, June 20, 2020 at Richard Owens Hospice Center in Peoria due to complications resulting from an automobile accident.

Cremation has been accorded and a memorial visitation will be held Friday, June 26, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the Barto Funeral Home, Spring Valley. COVID-19 capacity limits will be enforced and masks are required in order to enter the funeral home.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Linda (Kitterman) Annel of Spring Valley; his daughter, Jamie Annel of Missouri; his step-son, Eric Gehrt and wife Tina (Barto) of Bartlett; his step-son, Kevin Gehrt and wife Tracy (Taub) of Cleveland, OH; his sister, Sharon and husband Rich Landsdown of Peoria; two grandchildren, Alex and Jake Gehrt; long time good friend, Jim Stevenson; and four-legged companion Angel.

Born on June 28, 1945, in Chicago, IL, the son of Jerome and Melitta (Worthmann) Annel, he grew up in Chicago until leaving for college. After graduating from High School in 1964, he obtained a Psychology Degree from Eureka College in 1968 and began teaching at Galesburg. He transferred to Illinois Valley Community College in 1972 and began a 33 year career as a Psychology Professor until his retirement in April of 2005. Recognized for merit by IVCC, Jerry taught Intro to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Human Behavior among other courses to thousands of students during his tenure.

Jerry met his wife, Linda Kitterman, on a blind date and they were married in 1979 in a small private ceremony with family and friends. After moving to Spring Valley in 1981, the couple started a business in downtown Princeton, IL, called The Bookworm, which they ran successfully for 8 years until its closure in 1999. Jerry avidly road motorcycles during his younger days and had a passion for boating the Illinois river, photography and collecting coins. Later in life he spent lots of time training Angel, his Golden Retriever. He will be missed by many and always loved.

A guestbook may be signed and memories shared at

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in News Tribune on Jun. 24, 2020.
05:00 - 08:00 PM
Not sure what to say?
6 entries
June 26, 2020
I joined the IVCC faculty in 1988. Jerry took the time to get me up to speed with the computer, software & printer that was available at that time in the "coffee room". He also invited me to get involved in Local 1810's collective bargaining when he was elected union president. He brought an interest-based bargaining approach to our negotiations with the administration's team that was quite successful for many subsequent contracts. He certainly was a one-of-a-kind person. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.
Tim Horger
June 25, 2020
To the family of Jerry Annel, my deepest condolences.
I was a student of Mr Annels at IVCC in 1990. He was truly one of the best teachers I have ever had! He taught me a different way to study, which I used going forward. Forever grateful for having had the opportunity to learn from him.

Erik Smith
June 25, 2020
Our heartfelt condolences to Linda & family. Hope family sees this, but perhaps someone close can share. Posted news of his passing on a fb page called Remember in Princeton. Reminded all about their charming book shop on our main street. Hope Linda & family can read the outpouring of love and support as many post their remembrances of The Bookworm. Mark & Pam Pierson
Mark Pierson
June 25, 2020
He told us to call him "Jerry" and we did. As a student at Eureka College in the 1970's and a Psychology Major, I had him for several classes. He was a wonderful instructor, engaging and humorous. Many of his former students at EC have been reminiscing since learning of his death. We all remember him fondly. He was younger than most of our instructors, his hair was longer, he drove a sports car and a motorcycle (which he did give some of us rides on) and he came into Abnormal Psychology with a paper sack over his head and proceeded with the class as if there was nothing unusual or different about him. I would have to say that he was my favorite instructor and I have often thought of him over the years and wondered what had became of him. I was so sorry to learn about his death. My thoughts and prayer go out to his family. May you find some comfort in knowing that he impacted many lives over the course of his career. May he rest in peace!
Kathy Miller Nixon
June 25, 2020
To Jerrys family, I am very sorry for your loss. I taught with Jerry for several years at IVCC. We shared many laughs together in the coffee lounge. I always enjoyed his dry sense of humor. God Bless You All. Jack Bauswell
Jack Bauswell
June 24, 2020
We have many wonderful memories of Uncle Jerry. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone at this time.
Lisa Payne
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences