Mr. Gerald E. “Jerry” Jarvis, 86, a resident of Estero, passed peacefully Tuesday morning in the comfort of his residence, with his family at his side.
Born on Monday, March 16, 1936 in Kankakee, Illinois, he was the son of the late Anthony and Dorothy (Nixon) Jarvis.
Educated in Illinois schools, he was a 1954 graduate of the Manteno High School where he held the distinction of class valedictorian. He later furthered his education by attaining a Bachelor of Science degree from the Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Illinois.
Prior to his formal retirement, Mr. Jarvis was the owner and operator of Jarvis Upholstery Studio. Jerry was active in several civic and fraternal organizations. He proudly served as Mayor of Manteno, Illinois for sixteen years; held membership in the Manteno Rotary Club and was a member of the Manteno Library Board for twenty years.
A man of faith, Mr. Jarvis was previously very active in his congregation at Manteno United Methodist Church, where he held a variety of positions and offices over the years.
He and his wife, the former Kay Ruder Jarvis celebrated sixty-five years of married life together on September 7th of last year.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, James Jarvis.
Left to cherish his memory in addition to his beloved wife Kay, are the couple’s three children and their families including Jeff Jarvis and his wife Amy of Kankakee, Illinois; Jan Patterson and her husband John of Weldon Springs, Missouri and John Jarvis, and his wife Taposhi of Darien, Illinois; Eight grandchildren; Eight great-grandchildren; in-laws, Charles and Linda Ruder and Louis and Dee Hartlieb, all of Florida; and many dear friends.
Celebration of Life services for Mr. Jarvis will be conducted in his hometown of Manteno, Illinois on February 18th. The Naples location of Baldwin Brothers Funeral and Cremation Service is honored to care for Mr. Jarvis and his family at this time. Those wishing to leave a condolence or light a virtual candle in his memory are encouraged to do so on his memorial page.
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