Am down in NC and received the sad news of Jerry’s passing. My sincere sympathy to you and your family! I remember so many good times with Jerry going back about fifteen years when he showed up to learn this new sport of Pickleball. The rest is history as he became “hooked” on the sport and became the heart and soul of the SWMetro Pickleball. He was a a friend of all and his friendship was something I will never forget and will always cherish! Of course it was not the sport - it was people, and Jerry represented the best. Never saw him when he didn’t meet you with a smile and kind word. His gentle kindness, his sincere interest and concern for others, and his passion for helping others, his infectious laugh and joy, are things that will always be remembered. While I can’t attend you will be in our thoughts and prayers - may God be with you all. We have lost a Gold Medal Champion in what it means to live a life of purpose and faith.
Condolence: When I think of Jerry I remember his laughter, kindness and the work of his hands. Jerry supported Prairie Lutheran Preschool almost from its beginning. If the school had a need he generously filled it. Jerry made table and chair sets for the classrooms, easels bulletin boards and so much more. Thousands of families are blessed every Christmas by Jerry's handiwork. For many years he designed and cut wooden figures for the children to decorate and give to their parents as a cherished Christmas gift. I will remember Jerry as a cherished gift to Prairie Lutheran Preschool, a beautiful person and a precious gift from God to all who knew him. With Sympathy and Regard, JT Carter