Jerald P. Colle


MENDOTA - Jerald P. Colle, 70, of Mendota passed away March 11, 2019 at OSF Saint Paul Medical Center, Mendota.

Funeral services will be at noon on Saturday, March 16 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota. Cremation rites will follow and private burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday at the funeral home.

Jerald was born Feb. 8, 1949 in Newark to Paul Edward Johnson and Betty Nelson. He was raised by his stepfather, William Colle.

Survivors include the love of his life, Sue King of Mendota; Sue’s son, James King and family and her daughter, Christina Unger and family; his daughter, Robynn (Jeremy) Smith of Tampico; two brothers, Allen (Donna) Colle of Nason and Scott (Lisha) Colle of Sandwich; two sisters, Judy (Bill) Kallas of Streamwood and Paula of Illinois; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren including his “little sunshine” Harmony Rose; nieces and nephews; his dog and best friend, Barney; and his two best friends, John Bruss and Don Mentzen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Mike; and one niece, Brianna.

Jerald worked as a mechanic in the U.S. Navy working on Navy planes and Blue Angel planes. He was a mechanic at Bay Valley Foods before his retirement. He was a member of the Mendota Moose Lodge and the American Legion. He enjoyed NASCAR and loved to participate in demolition derbies.

Memorials may be directed to the family.

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