Jerry Eli Winchester Sr.

Obituary for Jerry Eli Winchester Sr.

September 17, 1938 - May 15, 2018
Aurora, Illinois | Age 79

Obituary

Jerry Eli Winchester, Sr. passed away peacefully at home on May 15, 2018 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Jerry was born on September 17, 1938 in Dresden, Tennessee to Douglas and Myrtle (Buntin) Winchester.

He leaves his wife of 25 years, Georgette (Buller) and children Sherry Winchester Schultz, Susan (Jim Finks) Winchester, Jenny Johns, Jerry (Melissa) Winchester Jr., and Amanda (Tom) Kuter. He also leaves grandchildren Jackson (Molly) and Heidi Schultz; Billy, Daryl, and Danielle (soon-to-be-born great-granddaughter) Johns; Drew and Ryan Winchester; Kaylee and Matt Kuter. Jerry is also survived by his siblings Robert Winchester, Geneva (Bear) Travis, Betty (Ken) Summers, Janice Beard, and Paul (Trixie) Winchester and numerous nieces and nephews.

At 16, Jerry left Tennessee on his own, heading up to Chicago to seek work and greater opportunity. He was drafted into the Army and served in Germany from 1961 to 1963. Upon his return he and his young family moved to Aurora where he opened the Purple Martin gas station, the first of many service stations he would operate/own in Aurora throughout the years. During this time Jerry also raced cars at the Oswego Drag Strip and the Sycamore Speedway (and various side streets throughout the Aurora area), coached Aurora Boy's Baseball teams, sponsored youth hockey, baseball, and adult softball teams. Over the years, he was active in several bowling and golf leagues, Aurora Moose, Tiger Club, Lucky 50 Club, and American Legion.

In the late 1960's, he opened Jerry's Marathon where he became a beloved neighborhood fixture until his retirement in 2000. While there, he co-founded the Farnsworth Area Business Association. Restless after 3 years of retirement, he went to work as a part-time driver for Fox Valley Ford.

Jerry grew a huge garden every summer and nothing made him happier than to share his bounty with family, friends and neighbors.

Jerry was a rascal who loved to tease and laugh. He will be sorely missed by many, many friends and his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Gerald Winchester, Reba Parham, Joyce Fuller and son-in-law, Jack Schultz.

A memorial visitation will be held at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Drive, Sugar Grove, IL 60554 on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 3 PM until time of memorial service at 7 PM led by Pastor Paul Winchester.

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Sugar Grove, IL 60554
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