Jerry Dunlap, 55, of Van Wert, left Vancrest of Payne for Heaven on November 26, 2019. He was born on November 23, 1964, in Van Wert, to the late Charles and Donna (Bebout) Dunlap
Jerry spent many years at the Thomas Edison Center where he participated in the Special Olympics, a special thank you to his "worker" Kathy Davis. He loved church, playing CD's, bowling, swimming and playing bingo and shuffleboard in Florida. Jerry loved spending time with his family and friends telling his "stories."
He also spent time at Lincoln Life working on his papers and making friends. Jerry was a big fan of the Van Wert Cougars and the Crestview Lady Knights. He always had a hug for everyone, and was "Uncle" Jerry to many friends of his nieces and nephews.
Jerry is was survived by his brothers and sisters: Roger (Sharon) Dunlap of Van Wert; Phyllis (Jim) Adams of Van Wert; Bob (Suzanne) Dunlap of Ossian, IN; Nancy (Harry) Latimer of Van Wert; Ruth Dunlap/Deb Maynard of Leo, IN and Chuck (Lynn) Dunlap of Fort Wayne. He is also survived by 9 nieces and nephews; many step, great and great-great nieces and nephews; his special friends: Rhonda, Cathy D., Lark and TB; the staff and residents of Vancrest of Payne; as well as many "punkins" and "buddies."
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, a nephew and a great nephew.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 7 PM on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home.
The funeral will be held at 10:30 AM Monday, December 2, 2019 at the funeral home with Rev. Stuart Wyatt and Steven Adams officiating. Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Jerry`s memory may be sent to Thomas Edison Special Olympics or the Vancrest of Payne activities fund.
To share in Jerry's online memorial, please www.alspachgearhart.com.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.
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