Gerald (Jerry) Joseph Gunville Sr.

ESCANABA — Gerald (Jerry) Joseph Gunville Sr., 91, passed away quietly at home on September 28, 2020.

He was born in Spalding, Mich., on December 24, 1928 to Louis and Cecile Gunville. Gerald was the oldest of three children. Jerry married Patricia Marie Lantagne on May 28, 1955. Jerry served his country in the Air Force and returned home and started his music career. His band, “Jerry Gunville Orchestra” was popular throughout the U.P. His band also played on local radio. Jerry enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching sports on TV and playing cards with family. Jerry worked at Northern Motor Rebuilders and once retired Jerry and Pat would travel in their motorhome exploring new places in the U.S. and Canada. Jerry enjoyed being with his family, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He was a long-time member of St Joseph Parrish.

Jerry is survived by three sons, Gerald (Karla) Gunville, James (Sandy) Gunville and Robert (Theresa) Gunville; seven grandchildren, Kristen (Jerry) Eckert, Sean (Jodie) Gunville, Amanda (William) Braun, Lila Gunville, Ashton Gunville, Courtney Gunville, and Brittany (Michael) Topf; six great-grandchildren, Harper and Finley Gunville, Cecilia and Mabel Braun, Averie and Allie Kruger. Jerry is also survived by one sister, Charlotte (James) Carriveau and many special nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Cecile Gunville, his spouse Patricia Gunville, and one sister Lenore (George) Challier.

The family will receive friends on Friday, October 9 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Escanaba. Military honors will be presented by the Delta County Veterans Council at 12:15 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. at the St. Joseph and St. Patrick Parish in Escanaba with Fr. Timothy Ferguson officiating. Gerald will be laid to rest in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.

Masks and social distancing are recommended at the funeral and church and will be appreciated by the family and staff. For additional information or to leave the family a message of condolence, go to http://www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.