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Gerald R. Hill

Jerry passed away Friday, January 7, 2022 in Kalamazoo.

He was born March 24, 1940 in Chicago, the son of Albert and Aluria (Boris) Norkus. As a young man he worked as a mechanic and later as a long haul truck driver until his retirement in 1989. In his free time Jerry enjoyed fishing, Harley motorcycles, boating, playing cards, cutting wood, small engine repair and keeping busy. He was a long time member of the Otsego Elks and the Allegan Eagles. On June 7, 1958 in Chicago, he married Judy Loveless who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Tamy (Tim) Nogle of Plainwell, Bonnie (Jack) Howard of Plainwell, Barbara (Dave) Miller of PA and Jerry Jr. (Leanne) Hill of Martin; 5 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren; sister, Bernadine of TX along with 2 nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A celebration of life will be held at a later time.

Burial of ashes will take place at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Watson Township.

Contributions in memory of Jerry may be made to the Otsego Elks.

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January 8, 2022 at 8:48 am

Judy and family we were just heart broken hearing about Jerry. Our love and prayer go out to each one of you. Jerry will forever hold a special place in our hearts and memories. He was such a fun loving guy and the most joyful billowing laugh that would make all join in with him in laughter.

We will meet again one day.

With much love Walt & Patti


Richard and Dorisann Thomas.

January 8, 2022 at 10:12 am

Judy I was so shocked and sad to hear of Jerry,s passing, he was a wonderful and friendly person with a infectious laugh that I will always miss. Our condolences to you and the family.


Kim Schaafsma

January 8, 2022 at 11:10 am

Judy and Family, Our hearts ache for your loss. Embracing you and yours in prayers durning this difficult time. God bless you All. Love Michael and Kim Schaafsma


Tom Cardiff

January 8, 2022 at 8:10 pm

Sorry to hear about Jerry passing. What a great man he was. I am so honored to have met and known him.


Christie Fontaine

January 9, 2022 at 8:12 am

So Sorry to hear. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Christie (McGuire) and Curt Fontaine


Lynn ( Nicholson ) Bronkema

January 9, 2022 at 3:42 pm

Dear Judy and Family Oh my goodness , I was so very Surprised to hear of Jerry’s passing ! He was one of the Nicest , Friendliness Person one could ever know! May He Rest in Peace! Prayers and Peace to you and all your family ! Lynn ( Nicholson ) Bronkema


Tim and Marcia Quigley

January 9, 2022 at 6:21 pm

Dear Judy and Family,

Tim and I were so very sad to hear of Jerry’s passing. We always had so much fun with

him at the Elks! He was so energetic and his laugh was contagious! Please know he is now an Angel in Heaven watching over you!



January 9, 2022 at 6:33 pm

Jerry was a nice man. I will remember him always, Cindi Cooper


Craig & Elaine Thomas

January 9, 2022 at 7:08 pm

So saddened to hear of Jerry’s passing. You never forgot him after meeting him. He had a voice you just loved to hear, Loud & Happy & a laugh that no other human could copy. Thoughts, Hugs and Prayers for his loving family. Rest In Peace Big Guy.

Craig & Elaine Thomas


Larry Penny

January 9, 2022 at 7:56 pm

Judy Betty and I have you and your family in our prayers and thoughts. Jerry was a good man glad we got to know him love Larry and Betty


Earl and Jean Calkins

January 9, 2022 at 10:51 pm

Judy and family

We feel so honored to have known you and Jerry along with your family. Our families grew up together, vacationed together, went hunting together and so many more fun things together. We are in disbelief at the sudden loss of our

good friend. Remember we will all see him soon on that glories day in heaven.

Love you Earl and Jean



January 10, 2022 at 10:21 am

My heart and prayers to all the family. Jerry will be greatly missed by sooo many people


Katie Brown

January 10, 2022 at 11:00 am

My Bonnie I Love You My Dear Friend So very sorry for Your loss. You & family will be in My thoughts & prayers Much Love Always


Sally Bennett (Kugelard)

October 31, 2022 at 6:37 am

I owe this man alot!! You will be missed!! Say hi to my dad for me. RIP sweet man!!! Condolences to the family!!


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