Gerald V. “Jerry” Erwin, 78, of Streator, passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at Heritage Health Therapy and Senior Care, Streator.
Funeral services will be at 12:00 P.M. Saturday at Grace Community Church, Streator. His son in law, Pastor Chuck Giacinto Jr., will officiate.
Visitation will be from 10 A.M. until the time of the services Saturday at the church.
Burial will be immediately following the service in the New Jerusalem Cemetery, located at Grace Community Church, Streator. Full military rites will be accorded by members of the Leslie G. Woods American Legion Post 217 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1492.
Born October 25, 1941, in Streator, he was the son of Francis Vern “Bun” and Mabel (Harding) Erwin. He married Patricia E. “Pat” Beumel on June 5, 1965 at Immaculate Conception Church in Streator. She preceded him in death on June 11, 2007.
He is survived by his daughters, Lisa Erwin-Warwick of Streator and Lynette (Chuck) Giacinto of Streator; a son, Daniel R. (Jamie) Erwin of Gridley; grandchildren, Alexa, Matthew, Danielle Giacinto, Rhoda and Renata Ferrantino; Jack, Molly, Thomas and Russell Erwin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a son, Daniel Vern Erwin; and sisters, Lois Brockman and Lorraine Erwin.
Born and raised in Pontiac, he attended Pontiac grade schools and graduated from Pontiac High School.
He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam era. While in the service, he toured Europe with the Seventh Army Soldiers Chorus.
He worked for Commonwealth Edison as a meter reader for many years until his retirement.
He was raised Methodist and later became a member of Immaculate Conception Church, where he sang in the choir. Jerry and Pat were valued members of Grace Community Church, where he led worship on the Grace Worship Team. He was also a member of the Streator Elks Club and performed in multiple Engle Lane Theater productions.
Jerry was an avid sports fan, and especially cheered for the Chicago Bulls, Cubs and Bears. He also coached his children’s softball and baseball teams.
Memorials may be directed to the Heritage Health Activity Department.
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