Jerry W. Gawthorp, 84 of Princeville, formerly of Clinton IL, died November 12, 2016 at Unity Point Methodist Hospital, Peoria IL with his family by his side.
Jerry was born March 7, 1932 in Scott County Missouri, the son of Harold and Marie (Blattel) Gawthorp. He married Carolynn Bowling August 23, 1968 in Clinton, IL. She survives him along with daughters Rachel Gawthorp (Mark), Rebecca (Chris) Rock, Princeville IL and grandchildren, Marcus and Paige Rock, Princeville. Two sisters survive, Beatrice Simmons, Germantown Hills, IL and Betty (Bob) Cowles, Green Valley AZ, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Jerry resided in Clinton, IL most of his life. He retired from the DeWitt County Sheriff’s Department as Jail Administrator. He was a member of the First Christian Church, Clinton and a member and Past Master of DeWitt Lodge 84, AF & AM and dual member of Princeville Lodge 360 AF & AM.
He served 18 years on the Clinton Library Board and eight years on the Clinton Unit District #15 School Board. Jerry enjoyed reading, history, genealogy research and mostly delighted in being with his family.
Cremation Rites were accorded and a private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to:
Unity Point Methodist Proctor Foundation
Attn: Methodist College of Nursing Scholarship
120 N.E. Glen Oak Ave.
Peoria, IL 61603