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Gerald A. Taylor

Gerald passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at his home in Otsego.

He was born April 25, 1955 in Plainwell the son of Floyd and Beverly (Gillette) Taylor. Jerry grew up on Gun Lake where he enjoyed fishing and boating. He moved to Idaho in the mid 90’s and returned to Michigan in 2011. He had also spent time in Alaska, Washington and Montana logging.

Jerry was happiest when he was on his motorcycle and hunting with his dogs. He enjoyed traveling to many bike rallies and drinking with his buddies. Jerry was known for his stories and enjoyed razzing others with his quick wit.

Surviving are his daughter, Dana (Cody) VanSparrentak; grandchildren, Devon, Olivia, Ebon and Camdon; his mother; sister, Merrilee (Darrell) Slawson; brother, Craig Taylor; niece, Stephanie (Jacob) Wrisley and nephews, Stephan (Mirella) Slawson and Joshua Turcott.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1999 and son, Jeremy in 2002.

Friends may visit with Jerry’s family from 5-7 P.M., Friday, January 18, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Jerry may be made to

Great Lakes Caring Hospice


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Mary Ann

January 15, 2019 at 4:38 pm

“God is our refuge and strength; a help that is readily found in times of distress.” (Psalms 46:1) Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your loved one. And I pray that the above words will comfort your hearts during this difficult time.


Terry &Pam Morse

January 15, 2019 at 4:44 pm

We are so sad to hear of Jerry’s passing. He was a great guy and will be missed by many, many friends and family.



January 15, 2019 at 6:18 pm

Thank you Jerry for giving me such a wonderful daughter, I’m so happy the two of you got to have a special daughter/father relationship, I’m also happy that we were able to become such good friends RIP Jerry


Joe and Cheri Demmon

January 15, 2019 at 6:18 pm

Cousin Jerry will always be remembered with love, kindness and chuckles. Will cherish my memories of him as a fun, loving little kid, a rebellious, wild teenager, a proud, happy family man. Being out here (MT, ID, AK) was so good for us, as well as for him. The love he carried always for my Dad and Mom will never be forgotten.


Joe and Cheri Demmon

January 15, 2019 at 6:49 pm

Cousin Jerry will always be remembered with love, kindness and a chuckle. Memories from our childhood, through his teenage years, his little family, his “out west” time to the conversation a week and a half ago, always bring a smile and a warmth to my heart. We were blessed to be his friend as well as cousin. He will be missed a bunch.


Jody Teague

January 15, 2019 at 7:49 pm

Rest In Peace, I am sure my mom is very excited to be reunited with you again!! Give her a kiss for me and know we loved you very much!!

Jody and Amy


Lorie VanDuine

January 15, 2019 at 8:52 pm

Jerry was a life long friend , he would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. We spent alot of hours consouling each other He sure will be missed He was a very special friend to me.


Lisa and Larry

January 15, 2019 at 9:31 pm

So sorry Dana, Cody, and your family for your loss! Love you guys, and I pray for comfort and peace!❤️


David & Sandy LaFountaine

January 15, 2019 at 10:32 pm

Sending our condolences to the Taylor Family.


Denice Pekel

January 15, 2019 at 11:24 pm

Rest now, my big hearted god-Papa. Your shenanigans, love, and laughter will be so missed. I’ll bet you and Mom are up to no good already! 😉

I love you.


AKA Niece-y


Teresa Fifelski

January 16, 2019 at 6:04 am

Craig, We are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers of comfort to you.

Teresa & Ralph


Rocky and Gloria Landman

January 16, 2019 at 8:43 am

Our sympathy to the family. Jerry will be missed.


Denise Wilson

January 16, 2019 at 8:44 am

So sorry to hear, my thoughts and prayers are with you Dana!


Tom Gillett

January 16, 2019 at 10:03 am

Heartfelt condolences to Beverly, Merilee, Craig and all of Jerry’s family. My fond recollections go back more than 50 years when barefoot, sunburned Jerry (usually with Merilee close behind) hung out with me and other cousins at Gun Lake. Sad to hear he’s gone!

Much love to all–



Karen & Bill Bomar

January 16, 2019 at 11:04 am

Dana and family… we are so sorry for your loss. Our condolences to you all.


Greg and Janet

January 16, 2019 at 4:26 pm

So sorry Dana and Cody, I know you two made a great relationship together, he made you guys laugh , cry , and ” oh Jerry what did you do now ” he will surely be missed

Prayers to you and your family


Robin Sobota

January 17, 2019 at 1:20 pm

On behalf of the Empire Company in Chesapeake, VA. with our deepest sympathy, we are so sorry for your loss.



January 18, 2019 at 10:08 am

My heart is with all of you. Sending hugs & prayers for comfort. Rest in peace big guy.


Deb & Art LaBine

January 18, 2019 at 10:30 am

There are no words good enough to express what a loss Jerry’s passing is to those of us who called him friend.

The world is a somewhat darker and colder now that he has gone on ahead of us. We’ll see you on the other side brother. Ride free and rest in peace.


Deb & Art LaBine

January 18, 2019 at 5:00 pm

There are no words strong enough to express what the loss means to those of us who have called Jerry our friend.

The world is darker and colder now that he has left us physically, but will live on in our hearts.

So ride free, and rest in peace and we will see you again on the other side.


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