Jeffrey Wayne Gerard
05/01/1956 - 09/27/2021
Obituary For Jeffrey Wayne Gerard
Jeffrey Wayne Gerard, of Sparta, passed away on September 27th 2021. He was born on May 1st, 1956.
Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Jack Gerard.
He is survived by his loving wife, Stacey Carlson-Gerard, his daughter Angela Gerard, son, Justin (Shauna Levandoski) Gerard, grandchild, Ella Gerard, his brother, Randy (Sarah) Gerard, his nieces Alexis Gerard and Jasmine Gerard, his father and mother in law, Roger and Kathy Carlson, brother and sister in laws, Byron and Lisa Bloom; Bruce and Kirsten Malsberger and his good friends, Mike Minnema and Kathy Jo Barnaby.
After 40 years of work, Jeff retired from Federal Mogul (formerly Sparta Foundry) in July of 2014, where he had worked many different details in the Foundry, most recently as a Precision Grinder. Jeff was honored as the Iron Man Champion with his partner Duane Merryweather, at the Sparta Moose for two years in a row; 2001 & 2002. He proudly served in the United States Army, retiring after 3 years of service as a SP5 in 1978. He truly enjoyed bowling, darts, golfing and horseshoes to name a few. He was a member of the Grand Rapids Darts League and was an excellent darter. Jeff was a member of the North Kent Eagles for over 30 years.
Jeff's wishes were to be cremated and have a Celebration of Life. The family will be having this on Sunday, May, 1st 2022.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations can be made to honor Jeff’s life to Spectrum Health Hospice (750 Fuller Avenue, N.E., Grand Rapids MI 49503) or a charity of your choice.
My deepest sympathies to your friends and family. May your memory be a blessing. Kurt and Susan Groenke Chad , Wynter and Kota Groenke Paul and Michelle, Hayley, Lucas ,and Ryan Groenke Jason Groenke Amber and Sean Groenke Murray
One of the biggest jokes in our house is that whenever Justin cooks something in the oven he always leaves the oven door open afterwards to let the heat out. He always tells us that's what his dad did and Jeff would always say it was a waste to not use the heat it provided. Whenever that happens at our house Ella always yells out - "Mom, Grandpa Jeff is in the house" 🤣. Grandpa Jeff - you will be missed! ❤️ Ella
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