Jerry K. Jean, age 83, of Marion, Illinois, passed away Thursday, February 3, 2022 at Shawnee Senior Living in Herrin, Illinois.
Jerry was born May 22, 1938 in Montgomery, Alabama, the son of Clarence O. and Anna Lou (Manasco) Jean. He married Joyce K. Baldwin on August 22, 1959 in Howard, IN. She passed away December 13, 1998. He then married Melinda S. Miller on June 11, 1999 in Herrin, IL and she passed away March 17, 2017. Jerry grew up in Alabama and at age 15 his family moved to Veedersburg, IN. Jerry moved to Southern IL in 1970 and worked at JC Penny Auto Center form 1968 until closing in 1983. He then started his own mechanic shop at his home in Crab Orchard until 1998. He then worked at NAPA and Addus as a bus driver. He also drove the church bus for his church and was very active in the churches he had attended. He was a member of Heartland Christian Church in Marion. He enjoyed visiting with friends for coffee at Hardees.
He is survived by four children, Gary L. (Cindy) Jean of Marion, IL, Jason K. (Sheri) Jean of Marion, IL, Shari D. (Scott) Gamble of Marion, IL, and John L. Rudolph of Paducah, KY and eight grandchildren, Sarah Jean, Joshua Jean, Nathan Jean, Christian Jean, Morgan Gamble, Landon Gamble, Austin Rudolph, and Alexi Rudolph. He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence O. and Anna Lou Jean; four brothers, Edward Jean, Billy Jean, Jimmy Jean, and Harold Jean; his First Wife, Joyce Kay Jean, and Second Wife Melinda S. Jean.
Visitation will be Wednesday, February 9th, 2022 from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM at Mitchell-Hughes funeral home. Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 2:00 PM at Mitchell Hughes Funeral Home with Rev. Greg Gibbs officiating. Burial will follow at Davis Prairie Cemetery in Marion.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society.