GLEN ARBOR — Gerald Gorrell, 74, of Glen Arbor, passed away Feb. 13, 2013.
Gerald was born May 1, 1938, in Charleroi, Pa., to the late Creed and Helen (Hollis) Gorrell. On April 4, 1959, Gerald married his high school sweetheart, the former Janice Ann Coulston, in Dearborn.
Jerry honorably served as a member of the United States Naval Reserves from 1956 to 1968, working in communications. During his time in the service he pursued and received a degree in electrical engineering from Wayne State University.
He had a 35-year career as an electrical engineer for Ford Motor Company where he was responsible for the issuance of numerous patents.
Jerry became interested in amateur radio while in high school, a passion that continued throughout his life. He was very active in the Traverse City/Leelanau area Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) and the Radio Amateur Civil Engineering Services (RACES); he had QSL/contact cards representing his vast array of communications from all over the world.
For the past 19 years he and Janice enjoyed retirement in Glen Arbor. He was active in the Glen Lake Schools as a math and science tutor and served on the scholarship board. Jerry was also active in the Glen Lake Artists.
In his spare time he built furniture, loved the outdoors and could repair anything from appliances to automobiles.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 53 years, Janice; daughters, Lynn (Joe) Siciliano, of Dearborn, and Susan (Ken) Baker, of Dearborn; grandchildren, Anthony, Alexandra and Maria Siciliano and Grace Baker; brother, William (Barbara) Gorrell, of Bellaire; and brothers-in-law, Dale (Patti) Coulston, of Suttons Bay, and Wayne (Marilyn) Coulston, of St. Clair Shores.
A memorial service is being planned for summer 2013.
Memorial contributions in memory of Jerry may be directed to the Cherryland Amateur Radio Club of Traverse City.
Please sign Jerry’s online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.