Condolence & Memory Journal

We just learned of Jerry's passing and are so very sorry for your loss. We will miss seeing his smiling face at church. We will always be so grateful for his devotion to Troop 325 and all he taught our boys. His music was always a special gift, too. We're sure he will be part of God's choir in heaven. Our prayers are with you all!

Posted by Cathy, Pat, Kevin, and Tim Hirzel - BATTLE CREEK, MI - Friend   April 08, 2020

Paul and I just heard about Jerry. Jerry was always so kind to us. He was such a devoted family man and friend. Paul considers himself very lucky to have worked with Jerry in Scouts. Please know that all of you are in our thought and prayers. We are better people because of our friendship with Jerry. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Paul and Judy Geiger - Dexter, MI - Friend   March 31, 2020

Marie...I am so sorry to hear about your Jerry. I always thought he was such a kind and good person and was glad to have met him. It was even better when I found out he was married to you! You two had something special for sure and it was apparent to all how well he loved you and your boys. Sending healing thoughts and prayers to you all.

Posted by Debra Keagle-Erickson - LAKELAND, FL - Friend   March 25, 2020

What a legacy! For those who weren't able to make it to the service, we have posted the memory video to YouTube: https://youtu.be/EAQKn5ZDWrI

Check it out... Great memories!

There will be a service in the summer for the burial and Military Honors at the VA Cemetery in Fort Custer.

Posted by Paul Johnson - Waxhaw, NC - Son   March 24, 2020

Bob - very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. My sincerest condolences and prayers to you and your family during this sad time.

No doubt your dad was a helluva man, husband, dad, Catholic, mentor, friend, and many others. He was a great American and truly left his mark in so many ways. Not many of us can come close.

I was glad to have met him. In talking to him and reading his story, not hard to see he was special. And he created a lasting legacy to include you and all you do.

I hope and pray the great memories quickly replace the sadness you all feel right now.

In Christ, Eric Lyon

Posted by Eric Lyon - Battle Creek, MI - Family   March 23, 2020

I was a lot younger than Jerry [and Harry and their sister] but my folks were friends of the family and Nellie and Clarence were great examples in our young lives. I was still in elementary, and my older [Stuck] sister and brothers were closer in age, but I wasn't too young to notice how Jerry's dazzling smile melted all the hearts of everyone around him. He could've been a movie idol; he sure turned heads. I got to know his brother better, through volleyball and BCA events when we were all adults, and even when Harry married a friend of mine (and I was delighted.) I loved the whole family. My prayers and sincere love goes out to each one.

Posted by Carol Stuck Rhodes - Delton, MI - Classmate   March 23, 2020

Jerry (and sons) offered to build a deck on our cabin on the Betsie River several decades ago. The deck is still standing and serving us well.

We enjoyed Marie and Jerry's friendship for over twenty-five years and always commented about the closeness of their family and Jerry's devotion to his boys. He has left a legacy of love, hard work, and compassion for every one of us who knew him.

Posted by Linda & Marilyn Stoddard - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   March 23, 2020

Bob - very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. My sincerest condolences and prayers to you and your family during this sad time.

No doubt your dad was a helluva man, husband, dad, Catholic, mentor, friend, and many others. He was a great American and truly left his mark in so many ways. Not many of us can come close.

I was glad to have met him. In talking to him and reading his story, not hard to see he was special. And he created a lasting legacy to include you and all you do.

I hope and pray the great memories quickly replace the sadness you all feel right now.

In Christ, Eric Lyon

Posted by Eric Lyon - Battle Creek, MI - Family   March 22, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. We are keeping you and your family in our prayers. We look forward to Jesus 2nd coming, when we will all be reunited.

Posted by George & Kathy Morse - Delton, MI - Family Friend   March 22, 2020

Our condolences to the family for the loss of a very honorable charitable man. May God bless you to find comfort in your best memories and faith that he is with Angels. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Jerry Pawlowicz - Augusta, MI - Family Friend   March 22, 2020

I was on the Honor Guard at Fort Custer cemetery with Jerry. Very nice person and a joy to be around. Always happy.

Posted by Barbara Hibiske - Battle Creek, MI   March 21, 2020

Jerry and I did funerals together at Fort Custer National Cemetery for a number of years. I will miss him a lot.

Posted by Mike Dennis - Galesburg, MI - Friend   March 21, 2020

May your father rest in peace in the loving arms of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Our deepest condolences, Dan, Anna, Caroline & Benjamin Harms

Posted by Anna Harms - Battle Creek, MI - Family Friend   March 20, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear this. I'm glad I got to know Jerry.

Posted by Matt Schwartz - Battle Creek, MI - Coworker   March 20, 2020

Sorry for your loss, your family is in our prayers.

Posted by Toni Gore - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   March 20, 2020

To the most amazing Man I have ever known. You taught me more about life than I can ever thank you for. You are the best Dad. I love you, and will miss you every day.

Posted by Tim Johnson - Son   March 20, 2020