Mr. Jerry “Jess” Huntoon, age 69, of Kent City, passed away on Friday, May 4, 2012. He was a 1960 graduate of Sand Lake High School and often said that he learned great work ethics from his mom. After his graduation he enlisted in the US Air Force and bought a 1960 Chevy which became very familiar to the “local John Arms”. After the service he worked as an Iron worker and became a Project Manager for Ironworkers Union #340. Jess was Superintendent of Construction for major sports arenas all over the country. He and his brothers were known for their excellent workmanship. Jess enjoyed fishing, hunting with his brother and especially liked boating with his family on the Croton/Hardy Muskegon River. He was also a member of the Glenn Hill Post #287 American Legion in Cedar Springs. Jess enjoyed life and was the “Rock of Gibraltar” for his family and friends. He was dearly loved by his family and is survived by his loving wife, Melody; his children, Janet and Dan, Annette (David), Terry (Jerry) Kelly, Jerry, Jr., Jerry Dale, John, Jessica and Adam, and Tyson; 14 grandchildren with the much anticipated arrival of one more; 9 great-grandchildren; his brothers and sisters, Larry and Karen, Max and Loretta, Joyce and Harold, Jane and Jerry, and Carolyn and Frank; nieces and nephews; mother-in-law, Mrs. Barbara Condrad and her family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Winifred Huntoon, his granddaughter, Stephenie, his grandson, Raymond, his brother, Fred, and his best friend, Jerry Magoon. The service for Jerry was held on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Smith officiating. Military Honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with interment in Sand Lake Cemetery. Relatives and friends met at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com