Jerry Dean Belcher

July 12, 1952 ‒ January 27, 2020

Marengo, Ohio

Jerry Dean Belcher 67, of Marengo, passed away peacefully Monday, January 27, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Jerry was born July 2, 1952 in Mount Gilead, Ohio, early, weighing only 2lbs 8oz., the first preemie in Morrow County, he was the son of the late James Greenville & Hazel (Corwin) Belcher. Jerry graduated from Highland High School in 1970 and would go on and attend The Ohio State University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science in 1974. Jerry was a farmer for all of his life, and didn’t let his illness these past couple of months slow him down from working the land which he loved. He was a lifelong member of the Sparta United Methodist Church in Sparta, Ohio. Jerry was also a member of the “In His Name” gospel group, who traveled statewide singing at several events.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 43 years Kathy (Guiher) Belcher; sons Jason (Kaylee Savage), Jared (Danielle), Justin (Maiya) Belcher; grandchildren Brayden, Raegan, Colt Belcher; sisters Rita Porter, Sondra (Jay) Coe, Diane (Bill) Mahan; numerous nieces and nephews .

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother- in-law Leslie “Butch” Porter.

Jerry was very passionate about farming, but when he wasn’t working the long hours in the field, he was either singing, or tinkering on his Allis Chalmers tractors. Jerry’s greatest joy in life was becoming a father and raising his 3 sons, and then again when he became a grandfather. His family and those close to him will remember him as the kind, faithful, stubborn and relentless, husband, father, grandfather, and brother that he was.

Family and friends may call from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Thursday, January 30, 2020 at The Sparta United Methodist Church, 22 North Church Street, Sparta, Ohio 43350. Pastor Ryan Skelton will officiate funeral services 10:00 am Friday, January 31, 2020 at the Sparta United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Bloomfield Township Cemetery.

The family would like to invite everyone back to the Sparta United Methodist Church following the graveside services for food and fellowship.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed towards the Sparta United Methodist Church, 22 North Church Street, Sparta, Ohio 43350.

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The DeVore- Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury is assisting the family with arrangements.

  • Jerry was our next door neighbor growing up in Sparta. He and his family always lent a hand anytime we needed their help. Diane sat for my mom to watch me when she got called into work. Jerry played tackle football with us many times. I think I stunned him a time or two when a nine year old was willing to tackle him at twenty years old. My childhood was blessed vastly because of Jerry and his family. God Bless each and everyone of you. Thank you for being there for us. Drew Orecchio

  • So sorry for your loss, may you find peace and comfort in the Lord! Thinking of you, Dick & Kay Nichols 🙏

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of Jerry i remember him in the breakroom at Walmart super nice guy just letting Jerry’s family know your in my prayers in the days ahead God Bless!

  • I remember Jerry fondly! Thinking of his family during this time of sadness! Prayers the angels wrap you in their wings and bring you peace and comfort! So sorry for your loss.

  • So sorry for the passing of Jerry he was a classmate and will be missed prayers for comfort and peace. We enjoyed his music . Robin Lester and Dave Denman

  • Kathy & family,

    Do sorry for your loss. May the memories keep you going in the days, weeks & months ahead.

    Prayers of peace vecwithbyou all.

    Tim Hoffman
    Hoffman Office Center

  • We lived across the road from them kind and sweet people so sorry for your loss you all are in our prayers 🙏🙏 God bless from the pro and sheets family

  • I Was so Blessed to have worked with Jerry
    He was always kind and had a smile on his face.I retired but went back to visit my fellow workers and there was Jerry with that kind smile, whe My son was dealing with cancer , Jerry came up to me at working asked how was I doing he said I Just said a prayer for your Son , that was the kind of man he was, always encouraging others.

  • I had the pleasure of working with Jerry at Walmart. He was one of the kindest, nicest guys I have known. He would always greet me with a smile. And on occasion, he would stop by where I was working and tell me a little joke and we both would stand and laugh for a minute. And it seemed no matter what was going on at work, he was still always positive and kept that smile on his face and didn’t let things bother him. We all will miss his smile and will always remember him for the wonderful person he was! Rest in peace Jerry! You were very much loved and we all will miss you dearly!

  • Dear Kathy and family,
    So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. May our Lord bless you always.

    Judy @ Highland Local Schools

  • To all the Belcher family.
    Sending sincere condolences in the loss of Jerry. Prayers for comfort.

    Linda Goare Class of ’70.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. He always had a smile on his face whenever I saw him. May God wrap his loving arms around you, and give you comfort in the coming days. Cherie Riggs Smith

  • Jerry was one of the good guys. We have been missing him at church during his illness. His pleasant singing voice and joke telling at the end of SS has been a favorite for us. He & Wendell, the only men in the SS class and would act up every week while Sally was teaching, but she didn’t mind! It’s sad for us to realize that Jerry is gone from this earth, but we know he’s in a much better place singing songs in Heaven. Jerry will be missed.

  • We were so sorry to hear that Jerry had passed. He was always so pleasant to be around. I remember him letting Jill and I camp on the hill with his sheep when we were in high school. We were blessed to be in church together for several years while our kids were younger. Kathy and the entire family, please know you are in our prayers during this difficult time. Kelly and Pat O’Quin.

  • So sorry to hear of Jerrys passing. Always had a smile on his face. Really nice guy. Gone way to soon

  • Sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing.
    I have some fond memories of him working the farm so many years back. He and Dad spent many hours together, either in the field, barn, or township hall.
    Jerry will be missed by many in our community.
    Prayers for his entire family.

    Shad Weikel

  • I have known Jerry since first grade. Although our paths rarely crossed after college, he remains one of the gentlest souls I ever knew. Memories of Sparta slowly fade in the rear view mirror. Our family hates pancreatic cancer with a flaming passion. We did not think it possible, but now we hate it even more. Rest easy, Jerry