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Jerry Wilson

October 30, 1942 — February 23, 2024


Jerry Wilson

Age 81 of Wilmington, Illinois died Friday, February 23, 2024 at Ascension St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Illinois with his loving family at his side.

Born October 30, 1942 in Joliet, Jerry Raymond was a son of Harold and Betty (Carrol) Wilson.

Jerry's passion for music blossomed early in his life. His journey with music commenced during his formative years as a drummer in both the grade school band and later in the high school band at Joliet Township High School, where he proudly graduated with the Class of 1960.

After completing his education, Jerry answered the call to serve his country by enlisting in the United States Navy. His dedication led him to California before transitioning into becoming a Marine Corpsman. Throughout his military career, Jerry was deployed to Okinawa and served outside Ho Chi Minh prior to the Vietnam Conflict and subsequent honorable discharge.

On February 29, 1964, Jerry exchanged vows with Pearl Yeager in Joliet. Together, they built a loving home and raised their daughter in Wilmington. For over five decades, Jerry devoted himself to a career at Caterpillar Tractor Company in Joliet, culminating in his retirement as an Engineer. Beyond his professional pursuits, Jerry was a licensed pilot and imparted his knowledge as a flight instructor at both Morris and Joliet Airports. Additionally, his everlasting love for music led him to entertain audiences for many years and he was proud to have cut records and record music with The Silver Tones.

In pursuit of adventure and embracing life to the fullest, Jerry found joy in scuba diving, snorkeling, parachuting, hiking, and motorcycling over the years. Though characterized by quiet wisdom, he will be fondly remembered as a masterful storyteller and above all else – a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

Survivors include his loving wife, whom he would have been married to 60 years, Pearl; one daughter, Simone (Michael) Kommer of Mokena, Illinois; three grandchildren: Valerie Kommer and Erik Kommer, both of Chicago and Patrick (Mekenna) Kommer of Clinton, Iowa; one great grandson, Dane; one sister, Cheryl Wilson of Joliet and one niece, Heather Dropsky.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents.

Green flameless cremation rites have been accorded.

A private family graveside with military honors will be held in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Wilmington at a later date.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Jerry’s memory to Kuzma Care Cottage, 635 S. Main Street, Wilmington, IL 60481.

Family and friends are encouraged to log onto to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Jerry’s memorial page online through social media.

Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves & Baskerville Funeral Homes and Crematory in Wilmington. (815-476-2181)

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