Jerald “Jerry” Wayne D’Lamater, 75, a longtime resident of Hudson, Mich., and more recently of Irons, Mich., and Fayette, Ohio, died Nov. 7, 2020, in Defiance, Ohio.
Jerry was born March 16, 1945, in Adrian, Mich., to Wayne and Helene (Hartman) D’Lamater. He graduated from Hudson High School and on Aug. 23, 1968, he married Linda Gramling in Liberty Center, Ohio.
Jerry was employed as a machinist with Clark Equipment and Hillsdale Tool before retiring. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He bowled for many years with different leagues in the area and even competed at the ABC National tournament several times. Jerry also coached youth baseball teams in the area.
Jerry and Linda traveled frequently and visited every state in the country with the exception of Hawaii.They also traveled to Europe three times. Most of all, family was important to Jerry, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed taking them for four-wheeler and tractor rides, often a little too fast for their parents’ comfort.
Jerry was the recipient of a liver transplant at the age of 72 and had arranged for his brain to be donated to the University of Michigan Brain Bank for study after his passing.
In addition to his wife, Jerry is survived by sons John (and Karen) D’Lamater and James (and Michelle) D’Lamater; three grandchildren, Jacquelin, Grant and Mason; one sister; and many extended family members.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be private and burial will be at Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.
Memorial donations are suggested to the Gorham-Fayette Fire Department or to CHP Hospice in Defiance, Ohio.
Eagle-Marry Funeral Home Fayette handled arrangements.