Jerald W. “Jerry” Votaw
May 11, 1942 ‒ July 08, 2019
Jerald W. “Jerry” Votaw, age 77, of Fredericktown, passed away peacefully Monday morning, July 8, 2019, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.
Jerry was born on May 11. 1942, in Leonardsburg, OH, to the late William R. Votaw and Ada Belle (Farley) Groves. He graduated with the class of 1960 from Elm Valley High School.
A jack of all trades, Jerry worked hard his entire life. Over the years he had worked for Dennison and PPG in Delaware. He also worked at Galion Iron Works and Perfection in Galion as well as for Culligan Water. Later in life he was self-employed as a plumber, painter, and owner of Relics Plus Antiques Shop in Marengo.
Jerry had a love for old country music. His record collection was abundant and his favorite artist was Hank Williams. Jerry also loved to collect Breyer horses, old coins, watches, knives, and baseball bats. Being a huge Red’s baseball fan, he always had to show off his Ted Kluszewski signed baseball bat. Jerry also enjoyed rooting for the Ohio State men’s and women’s basketball team.
With a gift to create, Jerry loved working in his woodshop where he crafted many different items for family and friends. He enjoyed being outdoors and loved raising rabbits and horses. Often Jerry could be found hunting for treasures at local flea markets and even found the greatest treasure of all, the love of his life at the flea market. He truly loved his children and grandchildren.
Jerry attended the Kilbourne United Methodist Church. He also was a previous member of the Eagles in Delaware and Scottish Rite of Marion. Throughout his life, Jerry loved playing baseball. He played on church leagues, the senior league, and even coached baseball as well.
He will be remembered for his ability to make friends, his jokester of a personality,his silly stories that he made up and everyone believed till the end, his love for his marionette puppet shows he’d put on for everyone at flea market, and his charming ways that made everyone fall in love with him.
Jerry will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Debbie Votaw; children: Jerald W. (Kelly) Votaw, Brian E. (Melanie) Votaw, Keith A. (Sessa) Votaw, Jeralyn R. (Timothy) Votaw Tharp, Katelynn Jo Votaw, Andrew J. Votaw, Emily R. Votaw, and stepdaughter Stephanie M. (Joel) Tello; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; and sisters: Rosemary Caudill of Centerburg, Diane Votaw of KY, Peggy Fogle of Marengo, and Sheila Waldron of Zanesville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers: Larry, Richard, James “Eddie”, Gene, Donny, and Jack Votaw.
His family will greet friends from 5 to 7 PM on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel. (67 North Main Street, Mount Gilead, OH 43338) A celebration of his life will be held there on Friday, July 12, 2019, at 1 PM with Hospice Chaplain Chris Plough officiating.
If desired memorial contributions may be made to The ALS Association. (1275 K Street NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20005)
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.