Jerry Wayne Cherry, 57, passed away Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, at his home with his family by his side.
He was born Sept. 2, 1957, in Wood River, the son of James and Florence (Terry) Cherry. He married Sherry Woolverton on Jan. 3, 2003 in Jersey County, and she survives.
Jerry was an active member of the Machinists Local District No. 9. He enjoyed sports, especially the Cardinals and Rams, as well as wrestling. He loved fishing and gardening. Jerry’s greatest love was his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Sherry; he is survived by six children and their spouses, Andrea and J.D. Grant of South Roxana, Chris Cherry of Cottage Hills, Nathan and Courtney Gillson of Brighton, Dawn and Darrell Herbst of Alton, Quentin Gillson and Jasmine Gillson, both of Bunker Hill; his siblings and their spouses, Joyce and George Schallenberg of Alton, and Danny and Starlla Cherry of Brighton; six grandchildren, Samantha Irwin, Wyatt Grant, Alyssa Herbst, Dylan Herbst, Dominik Gillson and Kaitlyn Gillson; and many nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert “Bob” Cherry.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, at the Greater Alton Church in East Alton. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, at the church with the Rev. Tim Gill officiating.
Burial will take place in Rose Lawn Memory Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Greater Alton Church, BJC Hospice or to the Leukemia Foundation.
Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Alton is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.