Gerald L. “Jerry aka Whiskers” Leavitt

August 02, 1943 ‒ November 11, 2019

Fulton, Ohio

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

  • I am saddened to hear of his passing. Growing up in Norfolk,the Leavitts were a second family to me. I am praying for “dad” and the entire family. Godspeed

  • SO sad to hear Mr. Leavitt passed away. Sending prayers and love to Ms. Karen and the family from the Gervacio’s in Va. “We don’t die…We just go home”

  • Oh Karen, I am so sad to hear this! My prayers are with you and your family for comfort and strength. I will always remember him. Every time I saw him at Kroger, he always remembered me! He always said “Hi Judy, how are you?” He was a dear man.
    God bless you with the good memories only. Sending hugs.

  • Karen and family, I am very saddened to hear of your loss. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. S. Watson

  • Karen & Family – I am so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. He was a good person and I enjoyed working with him for many years. I have so many memories of our days working and when I would see him in Kroger’s. My thoughts and prayers are with each one of you during this difficult time. May God wrap his arms around you and give you some peace. ♥️

  • 😭😭😭😭😭s0 sorry for your all lost he amazing man… love u all hugs and prayers for everyone…

  • Dear Karen- So very sorry to hear of your loss. You & your family are in our thoughts & prayers during this difficult time.

  • Wendy, Holly and family so sorry for your loss…he was a wonderful man and so loved…thinking of you all Jackie Gardner and family

  • My prayers are with you Karen and your Family. I was so sorry to hear this. I’m sorry I didn’t get to see you when you were in Virginia on vacation. Love all of you. My prayers are with you🙏🙏. May God Bless All Of You 🙏🙏

  • Karen I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jerry was such a wonderful person and he will be deeply missed.R.I.P Jerry!

  • Karen, Lisa & Family – Our heart is shattered to hear of Whiskers passing. He was a one in a million, and we are thankful that we were able to call him our “friend”. We will be sending our love & prayers to you, as you go through the next few weeks. May your precious memories of Jerry carry each of you through the rough moments. You are ALL very loved; we are here if you need ANYTHING!
    May God Bless You!

  • Aunt Karen and cousins, My thoughts are with you all. Uncle Jerry will be missed by all that knew him. Hugs and kisses sent your way. Deb