Jerry L. Corley

July 28, 1943 ‒ January 10, 2020

Delaware, Ohio

Jerry Corley, age 76 of Delaware, OH and formerly of  Charlevoix , MI, passed away Friday, January 10, 2020, in Delaware. He was born July 28, 1943 in Chicago, IL to the late Dale and Evelyn (Wonus) Corley.

Left to cherish Jerry’s memory are his wife of 55 years, Judy Corley; son, Scott (Holly) Corley; daughter, Tracy (Malcolm) Hiltz; grandchildren; Jamie, Rachel, and Emma Corley; and several other relatives and friends.

Jerry was a civil engineer by trade, having retired from Consumer’s Energy, a Michigan Utility in 1998 after 35 years of dedicated service. He was a proud alumnus of Purdue University, graduating with the class of 1965. Jerry was an active member of his community and church. He received the ambassador’s award from the Charlevoix Area Chamber of Commerce in 2003. Jerry had been a member of the Lions Club, past president of the Northern Michigan Trails Council, and a regional director of the Purdue Alumni Association. He was especially proud of the contribution he had made to enable the Little Traverse Wheelway bicycle path in northern Michigan to be completed from Charlevoix to Petoskey.

Jerry was an avid model railroader. He enjoyed cycling, traveling, and was a fan of all Purdue University sports. To the end, one of his favorite cheers was, “Purdue!” He was a kind, caring, peacemaker, who most of all, enjoyed spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his brothers, Mel and Doug Corley.

There are no formal services planned. The family plans to have small family memorials, and scattering of ashes in Charlevoix, Purdue University, and Michigan City, Indiana.

Contributions in Jerry’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements entrusted to Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware, OH.

  • Judy & Family,

    To deal with the loss you need only to think of the many years of joy you experienced together. We Love You, George & Linda

  • Jerry was my older cousin by about three years. I used to try to tag along with him when my mother, Lou, would come to see her sister Evelyn. Jerry was always very gracious. Sadly we didn’t have much contact over the last sixty years. We would welcome family contact. We pray for comfort for your family.

    • Thank you so much for your prayers. Linda (Kessel) had planned a reunion in the past – we were not able to go. She has probably tried to contact you.

  • Judy,
    I am so saddened to hear of Jerry’s passing. Good friend and will be missed.
    You and your family are in my prayers.
    I did not know you had moved to Ohio when things settle down please send me your new address.
    Keep in touch.

  • Dear Judy, Donna and I send our prayers and warm thoughts to you. We remember you both with those prayers and may God surround you with the love of family and friends and through this love may you feel God’s presence.
    Neil and Donna Wilson

    • Thank you so much for your prayers. Jerry and I both have such respect for you both and all your comfort and support while in Charlevoix. I will certainly miss Jerry but I feel the love and support from family and our new friends here and I also know Jerry is in a better place.

  • Dear Judy,

    we have such wonderful memories of living above you and visiting over the railing. the library concerts and burger king dinners. we will miss Jerry and wish you only the best.
    fondly, Mary Beth and Roger

  • Judy,
    I am so saddened to hear of Jerry’s passing. Wishing you comfort, and sending hugs to you. Thank you for visiting with us when you were in Maryland for a trip many years back.
    With love,