Gerald L. “Jerry aka Whiskers” Leavitt
August 02, 1943 ‒ November 11, 2019
Gerald L. “Jerry aka Whiskers” Leavitt, age 76, of Fulton, passed away Monday morning, November 11, 2019, due to an automobile accident.
He was born on August 2, 1943, in Wadsworth, OH, to the late Kenny and Betty (Putt) Leavitt. While in school Jerry was introduced to the love of his life, Karen Dronebarger, by her sister. The two were united in marriage on October 15, 1962 in Doylestown, OH.
For 20 years, Jerry proudly served his country in the United States Navy as an aircraft mechanic.
After returning home Jerry began working for the Morrow County Highway Department of which he retired after 28 years of dedicated service.
Jerry had a love for the outdoors and was an avid deer hunter. He also loved to drive bus for the Sonshine Express, anything John Wayne, doing puzzles, and collecting piggy banks. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and extended family. Jerry was quite the jokester, willing to help anyone in need, and going to be missed deeply by many.
He is survived by his best friend and wife of 57 years, Karen; children: Lisa (Kelly Watson) Schoonover, Wendy (Rick) Duboe, Tim Leavitt, and Rebecca Chafin; five grandchildren: Jessica (Lance) Mowers, Amanda (Austin Mowers) Schoonover, Holly Duboe, Michaela (Cody Mowers) Chafin, and Sam Chafin; seven great grandchildren: Brock Schoonover, Brave Mowers, Annnalisa Mowers, Averie Mowers, Lilyann Kidd, Emersyn Mowers, and Paisley Mowers; sister, Sally (Bruce) Liston; four nephews; two nieces; and his canine companions: Hunnybun and Stretch.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Richard Leavitt; and best friend Walter L. Dronebarger Jr.
His family will greet friends from 2 to 4 PM on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel. (67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338) A service to honor his life will follow at 4pm with Pastor Paul Turner officiating. Full military honors will be observed.
If desired memorial contributions may be made to the Morrow County Humane Society.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Jerry’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.