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Gerold Wayne Merchant

Gerold Wayne "Jerry" Merchant, of Grand Junction passed away on Friday December 4, 2020 at the age of 92. Jerry was born on December 17, 1927 in in Bangor, Michigan. Jerry is preceded in death by his wife, Emmy; his parents Albert and Delberta (Hurley) Merchant; two brothers Ed and Merl; and two sisters: Joyce Mosher and Dolores West. Jerry is survived by his two children; Geraldine (Michael Franz) Cook of Arlington Heights, IL; Steven (Chris Spencer) Merchant of St. Petersburg, FL; his two granddaughters Victoria (Christopher) Letourneau of Shannon, IL; Laura Cook of Arlington Heights, IL; his great-grandson Jackson Hanley: one sister Greta Jervis of Hampton, VA: and several nieces and nephews. When Jerry was a young man, he performed a variety act that took him all over the country, from church basements to burlesque houses. He performed a tap dance routine on a small table while wearing roller skates! While out on the road he met his future wife, Emmy. They married on November 15, 1952 in Chicago, where they raised their family. Jerry moved back to Michigan when he retired in 1989. Jerry was an avid fisherman and joke teller. He loved to make people laugh. Even total strangers, who many times because friends. Even though Jerry didn't live long enough to have his picture on the Smucker's jar, he lived a long life. He was loved by many and will be dearly missed. According to Jerry's wishes, cremation has taken place. Due to Covid-19, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Jerry was always willing to help someone out if he could. In his honor the family asks that you please make a donation to a local food pantry. While visiting Jerry's webpage please take time to sign his guestbook by lighting a candle and/or sharing a memory with his family. The family is being assisted by Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand, Schoolcraft, MI 49087 (269) 679-5622.

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A candle was lit in memory of Gerold Merchant

Christina Statler Feb 24 2021 6:22 AM

Jerry was a great guy, He has help so many ppl, 3 days before Jerry pass away we had a very nice talk at v.m in gobles, He told me he has made it and all his friends are gone, I told him he has a hugh heart and a lot of ppl knew that. Thanks Jerry for the nice talk we had, You are now with all your friends. You will be missed and now you have your wings.

Christina Statler Feb 24 2021 6:21 AM

He told me many funny jokes. We will me missed. Linda Britton Keyser insurance

Linda Britton Dec 17 2020 12:01 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gerold Merchant

Sandra K Sincler Dec 16 2020 9:39 PM

To Jerry's family I'm keeping you all in prayer. My memories of Jerry, he played spoons at the roller rink in Kalamazoo Mi he skated with my Mom and Dad. They had great times. Later in life my Mom bought a restaurant in Bloomingdale Mi. Jerry and his brother would come in and shoot the breeze about everyday, he always had everyone laughing. He was a great friend to many. May you RIP. Jerry.

Sandra K Sincler Dec 16 2020 9:38 PM

Thank you and jim for always looking after Jerry and checking up on him and helping him out I really appreciate it

Harold merchant Dec 11 2020 8:24 PM

Thanks to you and Ken and all the others there that treated my uncle with such kindness he talked of all of you often

Harold merchant Dec 11 2020 8:21 PM

I will always remember my uncle jerry when he first came out to the farm he brought a floor Jack I was like 14 years old I was using it and he didn't care for the fact that I was jacking up a tractor with it we had words and then last year I was out helping him and he reminded me that the Jack I was using was the same one I did then we laughed about it he was always joking and laughing he will truly be miss rest in peace unk love ya

Harold merchant Dec 11 2020 8:16 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gerold Merchant

sylvia mcpike Dec 11 2020 7:46 PM

I will always remember my Uncle Jerry for his wonderful attitude and smile. He always reminded me a lot of my grandma. Right now I can hear them all..Grandma, Mom and all the sisters. He will be missed.

Mark West Dec 10 2020 2:03 PM

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