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Jerry L. Gunn


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Jerry L. Gunn Obituary
CAMP POINT, Ill. -- "Well done, thou good and faithful servant." Jerry L. Gunn, 80, of Camp Point, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Born June 19, 1938, at St. Mary's Hospital in Quincy, Jerry was a son of James and Ella Mae Brickman Gunn. He married Gay Geers on June 28, 1958, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Quincy. She survives.

Jerry loved his family, his business and Camp Point. He was currently serving his second term as mayor of Camp Point, where he resided most of his life. He was very active in community organizations including the Camp Point Business Association, where he was named Citizen of the Year in 1990 and Businessman of the Year in 1995. Jerry was elected to the board of Bailey Park in April 1979 and served as the president until his death. He joined the Camp Point Lions Club on Aug. 1, 1962, and served numerous terms as president and tail twister. Jerry assisted in numerous Lions Club projects in Camp Point over the years including building the clubhouse at Arrowhead Heights Golf Course and constructing the new shelter house at Bailey Park. Jerry served on the Golden State Bank board and later the Brown County State Bank board. He was a former member of Spring Lake Country Club in Quincy and a current member of Quincy Country Club, serving on the board of directors of both clubs respectively. Jerry was a longtime member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Camp Point and served his country in the Marine Corps.

Jerry owned and operated Gunn Construction, an excavating business started by his father, James Gunn. Jerry joined the business in 1957 and continued in the daily operation of the business with his son, Jeff, until his passing.

Survivors in addition to his wife are his son, Jeff Gunn and his wife, Wendy, of Camp Point; his daughter, Julie Gunn Erwin and her husband, Drew, of Quincy; seven grandchildren, Austin Kestner of Camp Point, Andrea Kestner of Nashville, Tenn., Audrey Kestner of Nashville and Adlai, Ashtyn, Aubrey and Alden Erwin, all of Quincy; his sister, Judi Purdon of Pawnee; a niece and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, James H. Purdon.

SERVICES: 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Camp Point. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

VISITATION: 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, with family present 3 to 7 p.m., at St. Thomas Catholic Church.

MEMORIALS: St. Thomas Catholic Church, Bailey Park, Quincy Humane Society or Quincy Cursillo.

" A life well lived."

WEBSITE: hamiltonfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS: Lummis-Hamilton Funeral Home, Camp Point.

Condolences may be expressed online at whig.com.
Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Aug. 10 to Aug. 12, 2018
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