MISSOULA, Mont. — Gerald J. Eakle Jr., 91, of Missoula, passed away of natural causes Thursday, April 11, 2019, with the comfort of his wife and family by his side, as he began his beautiful journey back into the arms of the Lord.
“Jerry” was born Oct. 26, 1927, in Aurora, Illinois, to Gerald J. Sr. and Mildred K. Eakle.
He was all things sports. An Alumni of Michigan State University he stayed true to cheering them on in any and all sporting events. The Chicago Bears remained his number one team.
Jerry proudly served in the U. S. Army Company B 19th Infantry Regiment 24th Division.
Jerry married his high school sweetheart, Nancy B Gagen on Nov. 6, 1948. Together they raised their beautiful children who survive along with his wife. They are Suzi (John) Gatward of Naples Florida, Sally (Dan) Norman of Juno Beach, Florida, Patti Eakle of Scottsdale, Arizona, Nancy (Albert) Melby of Missoula, Mary Jo (Ed) Beardsley of Paradise Valley Arizona, Terri Smith of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jerry (Susie) Eakle of Goshen, Carla (Dennis) Cybulski, of New Buffalo, Michigan.
He is also survived by his 26 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren of whom he loved and so enjoyed teasing.
Family was everything to this silly, funny, tender, wonderful man.
Jerry formerly resided in Elkhart, before moving to Missoula, Montana one year ago.
He was a proud Roman Catholic and belonged to St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church in Elkhart.
Jerry will be joining many family members in heaven, most importantly his infant son, Donald Paul.
Viewing will be at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, Missoula at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, followed by a service with Military Honors at 11a.m.
Jerry will be laid to rest in Holland, Michigan, at a later date.
Condolences can be sent through Garden City Funeral Home, Missoula, Montana.