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Jerry Gillett Obituary, November 1980

Jefferson Herald November 27, 1980 Funeral services for Jerry P. Gillett were held Friday, Nov. 14, at the Carson Funeral Home in Ogden with the Rev Harry Smith officiating. Mr. Gillett died Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the North Grand Care Center in Ames at the age of 79.

Jefferson Herald  November 27, 1980

Funeral services for Jerry P. Gillett were held Friday, Nov. 14, at the Carson Funeral Home in Ogden with the Rev Harry Smith officiating.

Mr. Gillett died Wednesday, Nov. 12, a t the North Grand Care Center in Ames at the age of 79.

Casket bearers were Marlene Radebaugh, Walter Anderson, Orlin Brown, Alan Sparks, Dennis Harten and Tim Sheibley.

Honorary bearers were Alvin Harten, Jack Sheibley, and G.R. McKercher, acting for Richard McManus, and Archie Sparks.

Caring for flowers were Mr and Mrs Orville Peters.

Organist was Dennis Morgan, who also accompanied himself as he sang "The Lord's Prayer."

Jerry P. Gillett was born July 11, 1901, at Luther, the son of Daniel H. and Augusta (Wolf) Gillett. The family farmed in the Luther and Beaver area. Jerry attended rural Boone county schools, mainly Rosebud School and Prairie View School, better known as the McElroy School in Beaver township. He attended Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, and during World War Two worked as an electrician on an Air Base in Alliance, NE.

Jerry was a self-taught radio technician, and operated his own Ham-radio for some time He sold man y people in this area their first battery-operated radios, and he serviced them. He was a genius in the knowledge of electrical wiring, and when the REA came to the rural areas in 1939, he wired many farm homes and buildings.

He was a member of the Elmo Masonic Lodge in Rippey.

Survivors include cousins and numerous friends.

 He was preceded in death by his parents.

Burial was in the Beaver Cemetery.