Jerrold "Jerry" Merritt

  • Born: March 12, 1937
  • Died: August 6, 2020
  • Location: Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Jerrold E. Merritt, 83, of Battle Creek, died August 6, 2020 at Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. Jerry was born March 12, 1937 in Marshall to Glenn and Margaret (Eipper) Merritt. He graduated from Marshall High School in 1955 and went on to serve his country honorably in the U.S. Army. He was the longtime owner of JT Cycle and JT Hobby Shop. Jerry loved motorcycles and remote control airplanes.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 28 years, Mary Merritt; four children, Jim (Deb) Merritt, Jennifer (Teri Golden) Merritt, Paul (Alicia) Curtis and Josh Curtis; 8 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and two sisters, Joyce Warner and Jeanine Merritt.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Jimmy Merritt and a sister, Jackie Lockyer.

A celebration of life was held August 9, 2020. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Memorial donations may be made to the Balsa Bees Club. Personal messages for the family may be placed at

Condolence & Memory Journal

Hello Mary...I haven't seen either of you since before you were married but recall Jerry as being a fair, sensitive and humorous guy. He once mentioned that you were the best thing that ever happened to him! I'm sure that he'll be missed by all that knew him..God bless you both.

Posted by Bob Burns - Phoenix, AZ - Friend   August 21, 2020

I have many happy memories with Gerry. Hanging out in the Hobby Store, flying with him, New Year Flyin, Family Club Picnics and on and on. He was the inspiration for our club. He will be greatly missed!

Posted by Bill Willey - Ceresco, MI - Friend   August 15, 2020

Motorcycle buddy,coworker,and friend I'll miss

Posted by Robert Virkus - Brooksville, FL - Friend   August 12, 2020

Jerry will be sorely missed. He was a friend and mentor to everyone.

Posted by Robert Miller - Battle Creek, MI - friend   August 09, 2020