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Gerald Earl Stitt, of Danville, born Feb. 6, 1932 in Urbana, deceased Aug. 21, 2017 in Danville.
The son of Ralph Earl and Helen Celeste Stitt, Jerry was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Danville. He attended University of Illinois and College of Advanced Traffic. He also served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Stitt retired from Archer Daniels Midland Company, in Decatur, on April 30, 1999 as Senior Vice President of Transportation. Prior to moving to Decatur in 1979, he worked 25 years for Lauhoff Grain Company, in Danville, having achieved the position of Corporate Vice-President.
Jerry was a member of the National Freight Transportation Association, American Society of Traffic and Transportation Clubs of Chicago, St. Louis, Danville and Decatur and served on the Board of Directors of Trans-System Corporation in Kansas City, Mo. He served as President of the Decatur Club, and was a member of the Kiwanis Golden K Club and both the Danville and Decatur Country Clubs.
Upon retirement, Jerry enjoyed serving as a Red Vest volunteer at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center.
Preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Helen (Meunier) Stitt; brothers, Ronald Stitt, and Michael Stitt; nephew, Scott Stitt; grandson, Jared Stitt; sister-in-law, Doris (Fitzke) Stitt.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 63 years and high school sweetheart, Rosemary (Koebrich), whom he married Sept. 25, 1954; daughter, Stephanie (Jerry) Hathaway of Oakwood; sons, Stephen (Julie) Stitt of Elburn, Ill., Michael (Verna) Stitt of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Brian Stitt of Palm Springs, Calif., and Thomas (Lenore) Stitt of St. Louis, Mo.; grandchildren, Jessica, Melissa, Alex, and Derek Stitt; brother, Ralph Stitt of Jacksonville, Fla.; sister-in-law, Patricia (Bratkowski) Stitt of Danville, and many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday Aug. 25, at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Danville. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. on Friday at St. Paul's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park in Danville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, St Paul's Church (Danville) and Schlarman Academy (Danville).
Please Gerald's family in sharing memories, photos, and videos on his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Published on August 23, 2017
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