Jerald J. Marcus

Jerald J. Marcus

Jerald Marcus of Kalamazoo, MI passed away at Brookdale Senior Living in Portage on April 22nd. Jerald was born on June 9, 1934 in Ellsworth MI. to Lambert and Bernice Marcus. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1956 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Jerry was a member of the Pi Tau Sigma National Honorary Mechanical Engineering Fraternity, and the Tau Beta Pi Fraternity. He was employed with Chrysler Corporation after college and worked in their missile guidance systems division. This led to a position in which Jerry was involved in the development of guidance and tracking systems for the Apollo space program. He also held a patent on the Poppet Diaphragm Valve he invented in 1991. Jerry retired as an engineer from Parker-Hannifin in 2000. Jerry loved anything to do with aerospace, including flying his own plane. He built small engines and model airplanes, and had a vast knowledge of the World Wars and the Civil War. Jerry also loved his constant companion “Blackie”, his Pomeranian dog. We would like to thank Stay Home Companions and their employees who provided wonderful care to Jerry over the last 18 months.

According to his wishes burial has taken place at Blythefield Memory Gardens, 6200 Brewer Ave NE, Belmont, MI.

Donations in memory of Jerald may be made to the Kalamazoo Air Zoo, where he was a lifetime member, or to the Kalamazoo Humane Society.

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  1. Michael @ Sherry Kerney says:

    It was an honor to know you and help you through the years. We will miss you.

    • Jennifer Switzer says:

      So sorry for your loss

  2. Julie Schoder says:

    I have so many great memories with Jerry. Going to the Air Zoo and hearing his stories and listening to him talk about his life are just a few. He talked about sitting in his attic watching the air planes go down over Lake Michigan during war testing. At the Air Zoo they would be putting some of those planes back together that they pulled out of Lake Michigan. I am so thankful that I was with Jerry, holding his hand, as he was reunited with his parents. He always had tears in his eyes when he talked about them. I will miss you.

  3. Jennifer Switzer says:

    Jerry was such an amazing man, I loved his stories! I’m so thankful I got to work with him!! You will be missed Jerry❤️

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