Jerry Grauman

Jerry Grauman

Jerry Grauman of Kalamazoo (formerly of Statesville, NC) passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2015 in Kalamazoo. Jerry was born June 27, 1943 in Kalamazoo to Clarence and Bernice (Punches) Grauman. He was a graduate of Plainwell High School and Western Michigan University. Jerry worked for Eaton Corporation for 32 years. He had only recently moved back to the area. Not one to sit still, he kept himself busy in retirement working at a local pizza joint; sewing boat covers for a business he ran out of his garage; fishing and playing cards and taking care of Shopcat. He was a great story teller.

Surviving are 3 children, Kammie, Marcie and Karl; a step-daughter Jennifer; his grandchildren, Dylan, Micah, Caleb, Christian, Ashley, Kristopher and Jessica; his great-granddaughter, Avery; his sister Mary Howe and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Brenda Powers.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place. A Memorial Visitation will be held at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 5 to 7 P.M. with an opening prayer by Pastor Joe Shaler. Contributions in memory of Jerry may be made to made to the charity of your choice or please consider honoring Jerry by performing a random act of kindness.

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  1. Cliff & Connie Kirvan says:

    We were so sorry to hear of Jerry s passing. Jerry & I were longtime friends since we were kids, we weeded onions together, and had so much fun in our teenage years. We have kept in touch through the years and he will be missed. Our sympathy to his children & grandchildren. Cliff Kirvan

  2. Terry Arehart VanLent says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I went to school with Jerry…think my sister had a crush on him! He was a fun guy! May God bless you, may your hearts heal with all of your warm memories. Terry VanLent.

  3. Bill Heagney says:

    I will miss sitting and talking with you my friend, and of coarse all of the jokes you shared. God Bless , Bill Heagney

  4. Jerry Ayers says:

    I was saddened to hear of Jerry’s death. My thoughts are with his family. He and I fished together for several years on Lake Norman in North Carolina. His fishing nickname was “Skinnydipper”. R.I.P. old friend.

  5. Pam Turnage says:

    My heart is very heavy over the passing of Jerry. He was my brother-in-law for over 35 years. He was a fun loving, witty, and very kind person. He was such an important part of our family. We had so many good times together, and we have so many wonderful memories. He was a great uncle to my boys, and they loved him dearly. Jerry was truly unique. Although he is gone, he will never be forgotten. REST IN PEACE, SWEET JERRY. You’ll always be in our hearts. I love you forever. Pam

  6. Sarah Volker-Clemens says:

    Powers family I am so sorry for your loss- you ALL were a WONDERFUL BLESSING to Jerry in his last days! May you all feel our loving Heavenly Fathers arms surrounding you. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Steve Murray says:

    I used to help Jerry split his firewood and go ice fishing with him when he lived in MN. Jerry was a great guy, see you on the other side.

  8. Joreita Shimer says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Jerry’s death; I’ll miss his funny emails. Although I didn’t get to see him that often, he was a beloved member of our family here in the South (my cousin is Jane , his former wife) and we will all miss him. I hope that you will have many happy memories of Jerry to console you, as we all will. I send my deepest sympathy to your family. Joreita Shimer, Gaffney, SC

  9. Lynette Siverling says:

    I knew Jerry through my brother Dave Pixley and had many hearty laughs which I will miss. Rest in peace my friend. Until we laugh again… <3

  10. Ron whilden says:

    Sorry hear about jerry. He was a fishing buddy to a lot of people including me. He will be missed. Striperman

  11. John & Susan Doster says:

    We are saddened by Jerry’s passing. Fortunate to have shared his final few months reliving all the crazy things we did together as youngsters. Friends since age 6. We experienced so many of life’s firsts together. Our thoughts are with family, friends.

  12. Jennifer Goforth says:

    Jerry married my mom when I was nine, by ten I knew every Janis Joplin song by heart. His many trips to Japan for Eaton inspired me to take Japanese. We always had so much fun boating and just hanging out. He inspired me and always supported me. I’ll miss you and love you forever Papa- San.

  13. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    We are so sorry for Jerry’s family to lose another loved one so close. We are thinking of all of Jerry’s family. We went to school with Jerry and with Brenda so we knew them both for many, many years. Our thoughts and sympathy are with all of you. Please take care and we hope that your fond memories will bring you smiles and pleasant thoughts.

  14. Jane Grauman says:

    I can never express in words just how much I love you! You know! I think of you every day! God bless you! I am so sorry we could not make it all the way! I will see you on the other side! I love you Jerry!

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