TRAVERSE CITY — Jerry R. Cervenka, 86, of Traverse City, went to be with his Lord on Jan. 8, 2014. He was born on July 30, 1927, in Owosso, Mich., to Jerry A. and Margorie (Brown) Cervenka.
He graduated from Owosso High School in 1945. He joined the U.S. Army shortly after graduation and served during the Korean War. He joined the American Legion and the Drum and Bugle Corps in 1947 and had been a member since then.
He married Barbara Lotridge of Owosso in 1948. She passed away in 1977. He married Marilyn Van Sickle in November of 1977 and moved to Traverse City, where she passed away in 1998. He then married Myrna (Haskins) Rose in 1999.
Jerry worked for the Ann Arbor Railroad and the GM V-8 Engine Plant, where he retired in 1985 after 30 years.
Jerry loved his Lord, his family, people, his church and reading his Bible. He enjoyed volunteer work with the homeless, serving his community, cooking, woodworking, and going out to eat and pestering his servers.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A special thank you to the doctors, nurses and assistants at Munson Medical Center and all the staff and volunteers at Munson Hospice House who cared for him.
Jerry is survived by his beloved wife, Myrna; daughters, Anne Snyder (Walt Utterback) of Farwell, Peggy Cervenka of Traverse City, Jenny (Mike) Williams, also of Traverse City, and Judy (Joseph) Belliotti of Waterford; stepdaughter, Patty Hartman; grandchildren, Todd Snyder, Brent (Heidi) Snyder, Angela (John) Rosa, William (Elizanne) Inman, Tracie Baughman, Dana and Michelle Hartman and Kael Rose; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Barb Brewer; and nieces and nephew, Maryann Civiok, Janice White and David Brewer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a stepson, Kirk Rose.
A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St., Traverse City, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25. Cremation has taken place.
Donations may be made to Munson Hospice House, the Father Fred Foundation, or the charity of one’s choice.