Wednesday, September 9, 2020 from 2-4 PM, 6-8 PM PM at the Vernon Funeral Home
Gerald “Jerry” Damewood, 80, of Urbana, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2020 in Riverside Methodist Hospital.
Jerry was born March 10, 1940 in Cable, Ohio to the late Homer and Opal Mae (Johnson) Damewood. He was a 1958 graduate of Salem High School. Jerry proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. While serving in Korea, he met the love of his life, Kim. They spent 57 wonderful years together. He was a member of Harmony Lodge #8 F. & A. M., The Urbana Lions Club and the Pilot’s Club. From a young age, he was passionate about Champaign County. He was extremely active and a hard worker throughout his entire life, even till his last days. He was a respected businessman in Champaign County, he started his first company in 1982, Damewood Trucking. Jerry was also the owner and operator of Damewood Enterprises with his wife and loving children, Betty and Brad. Recently, Jerry was instrumental in bringing Navistar to Champaign County.
He enjoyed flying, racing, hiking and being at the airport. In the last five years he hiked all the way to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, on the Appalachian Trail and sky dived. But most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his loving family. In their own words, his grandchildren fondly remember their grandpa, “Grandpa taught me a lot of things, but I can’t say them in the newspaper.” “He was all of our favorite person and the best grandpa we could ask for. He always took us to do fun things: go-carting, flying to restaurants, going to the beach with us when we were little, and we never saw him without a smile.” “He worked every day of his life.” “Grandpa and Grandma set a perfect example of how to work hard and lead a good life.”
Jerry is survived by his wife, Kim Damewood; his daughter, Betty (Phillip) Sherman; his grandchildren, Alexander (Heather), Nathaniel (Lauryn) Sherman, Alyza (Sean) Baker, Oliva, Abigail, Izzy and Bennett Damewood; his great grandchildren, Crew & Breckon Baker and Lena & Eloise Sherman; his daughter-in-law, Karen Damewood; his sister, Shirley Dallas; his brother, Randall (Peggy) Damewood as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his son, Bradley Damewood; his sister, Virginia Lee Blackwood; his mother-in-law, Su Ye Kang.
Due to the restrictions of the Covid-19, we will be following the guidelines set by Governor DeWine’s office. The use of face masks is required.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 in the VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana. Funeral service to celebrate Jerry’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 10, 2020 in the funeral home with Pastor Ed Corwin; for family and friends. We invite you to join us for the Live Stream on the Vernon Funeral Home Facebook page beginning at 10:45 a.m. Burial will follow in the Union Cemetery, Cable, Ohio.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.
Philip Crabtree - Sep 11, 2020
Dear Kim and Betty, please accept my deepest condolence and sorrow over Jerry's passing. I had some great times while working there with Jerry those 5 years. He will certainly be remembered a kind and gentle sole who greeted everyone with kindness, respect and a smile.
Jon Collins - Sep 11, 2020
One of the best and most humble and unassuming men I ever met. He never knew an enemy, always treated everyone with respect. He gave me a job when I most needed it, and was always there for all his employees. Denise and I are truly heartbroken at his passing. Much love and prayers to the family. He will be missed by so many.
Your friends at SAG - Sep 10, 2020
Thoughts and prayers for your entire family. Jerry will be deeply missed.
Michelle Sanders - Sep 8, 2020
On behalf of our family, you have our deepest sympathy. It undoubtedly has to hurt losing Jerry so soon after losing Brad.
Roderick and Ila Jean Yocom - Sep 8, 2020
Dear Kim and Betty May, We are so saddened by Jerry,s passing. You have our deepest condolences. Praying God,s comfort for all of you. Most sincerely. Roderick and Ila Jean Yocom
Vickie (Harmon) Crumley - Sep 8, 2020
I am devastated over the loss of Jerry. He was such a great lifetime friend to my Dad. I have many memories of playing with Betty May and Bradley when we were kids. My heart goes out to the family. So very sorry for your loss.
Phil & Angelika Paxman - Sep 8, 2020
So sorry to hear of Gerry’s passing. He was a great friend of my dad’s! I recall the time we asked him to keep my dad away so we could get ready for his surprise 80th birthday party. I think they drove all over the county. I’m sure there are bulldozers in Heaven. Praying for you all.
Cathy - Sep 7, 2020
Betty and Phillip and extended family. My sincere sympathy and prayers are with you and your families.
Lucie & Benoit Lepage - Sep 6, 2020
Jerry. I already miss talking with you, having lunch at the airport, visiting the B-17 project and finding solutions for our business challenges. I wanted to be in Urbana and spend more time with you but God had another plan. Please protect your family who will build on your legacy and values. Rest In Peace Jerry and know that you enriched my life. Benoit
Melissa & John Morris - Sep 6, 2020
Dear Betty and family. We are so saddened to hear of Jerry's passing. It was kind of you to send the photo earlier. We send our deepest condolences and love to everyone. Take strength in knowing how deeply you are all loved.
Lori Hill - Sep 6, 2020
I’m so honored to have known such an amazing, hardworking, and kind person. My condolences to his family and closest friends.
Dana Benson - Sep 6, 2020
I will miss your gentle conversation and beautiful smile. I send my prayers and sincere condolences.
Mary Ann Corbin - Sep 5, 2020
I am so very sorry for your loss.
Carolyn Schafer (Reisinger) - Sep 5, 2020
Sorry for your loss. May God give you comfort at this time. Prayers for you.
Gary & Beth Knight - Sep 5, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in our prayers.
Kathy House - Sep 5, 2020
Betty and family- Keeping you and all those you love in my prayers for peace and comfort during your grieving. He sounds like he was a gifted businessman and loving husband, father, grandpa and great-grandfather.
Shelly Dixon - Sep 5, 2020
Phillip & Betty, I am so sorry for your loss. I'm praying for comfort and peace for your family.
Richard and Nora McCain - Sep 5, 2020
So sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. Richard will miss his talks and friendship. He was a very kindhearted person. Anything we can do let us know. Our sincere sympathy to his family.
Larry and Sharon - Sep 5, 2020
We have no words. Jerry was a wonderful man. Our hearts go out to each of you. We’re here whenever you need us. ❤️
Lindsey Applegate - Sep 5, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss Betty. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Roger and Debbie Deere - Sep 4, 2020
To The Damewood Family So sorry to hear the passing of Jerry what a great person, always a very caring person May God Bless you all The Roger Deere Family
Roger Daulton - Sep 4, 2020
To the Damewood Family, Please know you have our sincere sympathy with the loss of Jerry. He will be missed by many at the Airport Cafe. Always a smile on his face. Sincerely, Roger and Carol Daulton