Gerry W. Madeker

September 14, 1941 ‒ December 31, 2016

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Gerry W. Madeker, age 75, of Mount Gilead, passed away Saturday evening, December 31, 2016, at his residence surrounded by his family.

On September 14, 1941, Gerry was born in St. Louis, MO, to the late Ralph W. and Ella E. (Wheeler) Madeker. Gerry graduated in 1959 from Taylorville High School in Illinois.

Gerry married the love of his life, Don Retia Bartley, on March 24, 1966, in Clintwood, VA. Together they shared 50 wonderful years of marriage.

For many years Gerry owned and operated his own trucking company, GW Transfer-GW Transport out of Edison, as an independent freight hauler. Over the years, Gerry logged many miles from coast to coast.

Gerry filled his time away from the long miles logged on the road in variety of ways. He was an avid sports fan of many sports and enjoyed playing on a softball team of which he sponsored. In his earlier years, Gerry also liked to bowl on various leagues. His love for the outdoors didn’t stop there as he often went deer hunting in Missouri. The Seniors on Center was a special place for Gerry where he enjoyed the company of others and a good game of cards.

Often an agitator, Gerry loved to tease the people he loved so dearly. Most importantly, he was a family man. His love for his kids, grandkids, and great grandkids was abundant. His pockets were always full of candy and ready to share with the great grandkids.

He will be missed by his wife Don Reita; children: Larry (Kathy) Madeker of Mansfield and Kimbra (Dale) Howard of Mount Gilead; four grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

Gerry was preceded in death by his parents; two sons: Christopher Lane and Jeffrey Wayne Bartley; four brothers; and a sister.

Family will greet friends from 11 to 1 PM on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel. (67 N. Main St., Mt. Gilead). Services honoring his life will follow there at 1 PM with Pastor Verlan Bricker officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to St. Jude’s Hospital, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Morrow County Seniors On Center, and/or Hospice of Morrow County.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Gerry’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • With sincere sadness in my heart. I’m so sorry for your loss I know he is in the Lords hands and is at peace now. I met Gary 10 yrs. ago and he became a very good friend of mine. He listened to my problems, my jokes and even saw me cry. Sometimes I’d even talk him into playing a lottery bingo card and lookout if he won those eyes boy did they get big! Memories! Rita, if I may, God Bless he loved you so and I’m so sorry for your loss. He was truly a good man. I will forever miss him!
    Deb Horlocker

  • My heart is very heavy with sadness for all of you. Gerry loved you all so much. He would talk about you all so much. I will dearly miss seeing and talking to him when he would come into the station and get his paper when I was working, we loved joking with each other and talking about the old times. We go back so many years. Lots of prayers to you all during this difficult time. Love all of you!!

    Love, Tammy Busse

  • I WANT TO EXPRESS MY CONDOLENCE TO THE FAMILY. HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL HIS FRIENDS AT THE MO. CO. SENIOR CENTER. HE WAS A FRIEND TO ALL. A GREAT CARD PLAYER AND LOVE TO JOKE WITH US ALL. NO MATTER HOW BAD HE FELT HE WAS READY TO PLAY CARDS. GARY WE WILL KEEP A SEAT THERE FOR YOU AND A PLACE IN OUR HEARTS. WE WILL TRULY MISS U.

  • Gerry and my father were friendly and he and I became acquaintanted in the past few years, usually seeing each other in Kroger, when he took an evening walk or as he was driving down the street. Gerry never failed to wave or stop to say hello and was always full of good cheer. My most sincere sympathy on your loss.