Created on Thursday, 22 August 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Jerry Lee McKellop, 55, of West Mansfield, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, with his family at his side at The OSU Richard Ross Heart Hospital, Columbus.
He was born in Urbana on Sept. 22, 1957, to Sherman Lee and Virginia “Pearl” Roberts McKellop. His father and stepmother, Edna, reside in Urbana, and his mother preceded him in death. He also was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Oren and Florence Roberts, his paternal grandfather, Berle McKellop, and his father-in-law, Clinton Castle.
On July 2, 1978, he married his wife of 35 years, the former Michele Castle in Urbana and she survives, along with three children, Jerry Lee (Holly) McKellop II of Milford, Del., and Andrew McKellop and Audrey (Mark) Heatherly, both of Bellefontaine; seven grandchildren, Payton, Dakota, Landon, Triston, Kaylee, Raelynn and Addisynn, whose October arrival he was most looking forward to; his stepfather, Mike (Jean) Gordon of West Mansfield; his mother-in-law, Irene Castle of Urbana; paternal grandmother, Bertha McKellop of Urbana; nine brothers and sisters, Tammy (Larry) Baker and Kimberly Morris, both of West Mansfield, Sandra (Allan) Kerns of Woodstock, Ga., Terry (Jill) McKellop of Zanesfield, Terry Lynn Hartley of Venice, Fla., Gretchen Gordon of Mechanicsburg, Annette (Richard) Hami of St. Louis, Dennis McKellop of Urbana and Jason McKellop of Terre Haute; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
A loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, Jerry was currently employed with KTH in St. Paris. He was a 1976 graduate of Benjamin Logan High School and was a member of the NRA.
Jerry loved the outdoors, animals, flower gardening and hunting. He was ornery and known to play pranks on friends and family, but was always concerned for the well-being of others.
Pastor Matthew Sandlin officiates a funeral at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bellefontaine First Friends Church, 808 W. Columbus Ave., Bellefontaine, where visitation begins at 11 a.m. Burial is in Greenlawn Cemetery, West Mansfield.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to assist with funeral expenses.
Arrangements were handled by Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield, condolences may be expressed at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.