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Gerold L Willey

Gerold Leroy Willey, youngest child of Willard & Maude E. (Rusk) Willey, was born at the family home in Mount Ayr on January 5, 1928. Gerold attended and graduated from Mount Ayr Community School in 1947. Football was his passion and he lived and breathed the sport. Gerold worked for his oldest brother, Clair, at Willey’s Plumbing all through high school and beyond. This experience directed his life long career in the plumbing and heating business.

Gerold met his love of his life, Jean Marler, at the Grant City Skating Rink. Jean was impressed with his ability to skate on his back wheels and they’ve been a couple ever since. Gerold and Jean were married on July 8, 1951.

Gerold was drafted into the US Army on March 21, 1951 and served his country while stationed in Alaska. He loved his time there, working weekends for a commercial contractor, and Jean joined him in Alaska for the last 18 months of his duty.

Gerold & Jean returned to Mount Ayr and they branched out on their own. They opened their own plumbing & heating business out of their garage and eventually, deciding to “take the plunge” and built a new building at 306 South Garfield St. The town surrounded them with support and service calls never ended. The business was blessed with dedicated employees that enabled their business to grow. Gerold & Jean enjoyed wintering in South Padre Island, Texas and many good friends and memories were made there.

In 2007, Gerold suffered a stroke. Through sheer determination and gritt, which defined his life, Gerold was able to overcome the prognosis that he may never walk or talk again. Through lots of physical therapy and support from his family, Gerold was able to continue stopping by his little “haven” to see Carol and check on things.

Gerold passed away on February 13, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents and all six of his siblings and their spouses; Clair Willey, Maxine Kimble, Iona Willey, Lola Haley, Pauline Deemer, and Elma Moore.

Those left to cherish and share his memory include his wife, Jean Willey of Mount Ayr; daughters Stephany (Paul) Fell of Pleasant Hill, IA and Kimberly (Robert) Weehler of Mount Ayr; grandchildren Brian Fell, Lydia (Brian) Fell-Motis, Danyale (John) Boardman, Sommer (Billy) Jones, and Colton Weehler; great grandchildren Reece Boardman, Ty Jones, Menah Fell, Quinn Boardman, Simon Fell, Wynston Jones, Zane Boardman, Castle Motis, Roman Motis, Silas Motis; other relatives and a host of many good and true friends.  

Memorials are to the First Christ Church.

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A candle was lit in memory of Gerold Willey

Michell Ricker Mar 4 2019 12:00 AM

We will never forget all the kind things Gerald did for our mother. He always went way beyond the call. We will keep his family in our prayers.

Barry & Allyn Monaghan Feb 20 2019 12:00 AM

Kim and Bob, Stephany and Paul, and Jean, So sorry to hear about Gerold's passing. I remember him well. Thoughts and Prayers to all of you and your families.Hugs to Kim.
Alsocondolences to Garry and Rosetta Haley's familiesand Larry Kimble for the loss of your uncle.

Dianne (Johnson) Miller Feb 17 2019 12:00 AM

Our family's thoughts are with all of you as you grieve the loss of Gerold and celebrate his life. I personally remember him fondly as a child hanging out in his store with Dad and getting to know him again more recently. I apologize we are not able to go to visitation or the funeral. Prayers to you.

Erin (Walter) Bailey, Heath, Madison, and Izzy Feb 17 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Gerolds passing. He was a great guy, and I always enjoyed seeing him at Ringgold County Hospital when I worked there. You have my deepest sympathy.

Linda Barber Feb 17 2019 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear of Gerold's passing, we always look forward to your group coming to the Jct Cafe on Wed. nights for spaghetti and Blackberry cobbler. We had always hoped to get over and stop and see all of You,but it seems like the older we get the harder it is to get very far away. We still have the livestock and raise colts and the cattle which keeps us tied down a lot . We hope too get over for visitation if weather permits . May God bless and comfort You all. Everette and Betty Lee. Bedford, Iowa

Everette and Betty Lee Feb 16 2019 12:00 AM

A Small Dish Garden was ordered on February 16, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Feb 16 2019 12:00 AM

We are sorry to learn of Gerold's death. We look forward to seeing him alivein the resurrection when he will once again be young and in good health. Jesus promised, "Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out to a resurrection." John 5:28, 29

Jim & Donna Adams Feb 15 2019 12:00 AM

A Small Spathiphyllum was ordered on February 15, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Feb 15 2019 12:00 AM

A Purple Radiance was ordered on February 15, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Feb 15 2019 12:00 AM

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