Jerry C. McAvoy
August 04, 1944 ‒ August 24, 2017
Mount Gilead, Ohio
Formerly of Edison, Ohio
Jerry C. McAvoy, age 73, of Mount Gilead, died unexpectedly on Thursday, August 24, 2017, with his loving family by his side, after complications from a recent fall.
On August 4, 1944, Jerry was born in West Virginia, the oldest of five children of the late Gorrell “Jack” and Hazel (Williamson) McAvoy. After all the kids were born, they moved as a family from Webster Springs, West Virginia, to Marion County and then to Cardington, where he graduated from high school in the class of 1963.
Jerry lived a life of service and sacrifice, dedicated to the safety of everyone in his community. For many years, he served the Village of Edison as their fire chief, and then volunteered on the Mount Gilead Fire Department. He also served as the Fire Marshall at the Whirlpool Corporation in Marion for twenty five years, often working seven days a week, until his retirement in 2006.
In his younger days, Jerry had a passion for coon hunting, and won numerous world championships with his coon hound, Droop. He had several other coon hounds over the years, with his favorite being “Avon Lady”. Jerry was a lifetime member of the Morrow County Coon Hunters Association.
With a love for the open road, Jerry has put tens of thousands of miles on his many motorcycles over the years. Attending motorcycle rallies all over the United States, Jerry and his brother, Roger, decided to start a business while they were at it. They started M & M Lites, decorating motorcycles with L.E.D. lights. He was a proud member of the GWRRA Motorcycle Club.
After reuniting with someone from his elementary school days, Jerry found a wonderful travel companion in his significant, Bonnie Lantz. For the past four years, they travelled all over the United States and enjoyed their winters in Eloy, Arizona. They shared many special trips, with one of their favorites being their recent 4,000 mile trip to Nova Scotia. Both were disappointed they “never saw a damn moose,” despite the thousands of moose crossing warning signs they saw.
One of a kind, Jerry was stubborn as a bull and his family questions a recent story where he actually admitted he was once wrong. Despite his gruff exterior though, he had his own unique way of showing everyone he loved how much he cared. He especially loved his grandchildren, and he made time for all of them giving them unforgettable stories and memories they will forever cherish. He also had a great sense of humor, always getting a laugh out of you with his sharp wit.
Left to cherish his memory are his three children: Valorie (Rev. Peter) Ray of Grove City, OH, Mike McAvoy of Mount Gilead, and Mindi McAvoy of Mount Gilead; seven grandchildren: Andrew Ray, Megan (Jesse) Dulebohn, Brittany Lambert, Zackery (Single/Available) McAvoy, Elizabeth (Allen) McAvoy-Conkins, Keegan McAvoy, and Kierra McAvoy; three great-grandchildren: Ava, Emma and Eleanor Dulebohn; three siblings: Gary (Patty) McAvoy, Dana (Cheryl) McAvoy, and Roger (Suzie Barnhart) McAvoy; numerous nieces and nephews; his significant other, Bonnie Lantz; and her dog, Zena, and cat, Cougar.
In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his brother, Ray McAvoy.
His family will greet friends from 4-8 p.m. on Monday, August 28, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Burial and firefighter honors will take place Saturday, September 16, 2017. Guests are invited to meet at 10:00 AM at Cherry Street Elementary in Mount Gilead where a processional will lead to Glendale Cemetery for graveside services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Morrow County, PO Box 298, Mount Gilead, OH 43338.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Jerry’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with them via www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.