Jerry Lewis Tuma, 72, of North Aurora, Illinois (formally Mt. Pleasant and Rogers City), passed away at his home surrounded by his wife and daughters October 30, 2023.
Jerry was born November 26, 1950 to Norman and Ovelia Tuma in Detroit. In 1969, he met Marcia Charters, and they wed in 1974. They went on to have three daughters; Jill, Kim and Susan. Jerry was known for his kindness, generosity, athleticism, sense of humor and loving nature. He had a vibrant personality and was often the life of the party. Everybody loved Jerry!
Throughout his life, Jerry had a fulfilling career in the food service industry. He made a positive impact on those he worked with and served. Jerry was an avid golfer and bowler and enjoyed doing both with his family and friends. While continuing to enjoy his hobbies, Jerry had even more time to spend doing the things he loved after retiring in 2011. He volunteered his time by giving back to his community in many ways. He was always willing to lend a helping hand, no matter the circumstance. Most importantly, he was able to spend countless hours making memories with his family at the beach on Lake Huron.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Marcia; three daughters, Jill (Joe) Robinson of Geneva, Illinois, Kim Tuma (Nate) Baker of Brookfield, Illinois and Susan (Carl) Bryan of Sandwich, Illinois. He was a proud grandfather to Luke and Ava Robinson, Liam, Caden and Milo Baker, and Maddy and Sam Bryan. Jerry is also survived by his brother, Ted Tuma; a sister-in-law, Devra Tuma; a sister-in-law, Sonna Gawne; a brother-in-law, Keith (Carolyn) Charters; and a sister-in-law, Julie (Tony) Urbanski. He leaves behind many loving cousins, nieces and nephews. Jerry was predeceased by his parents, Norman andOvelia Tuma; mother and father-in-law, Lee and Arden Charters; a brother, Tom Tuma; a sister-in-law, Denise Tuma; and a brother-in-law, Ron Gawne.
A Celebration of Life is planned for June 15, 2024 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rogers City. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research at lustgarten.org/donate. Donations can also be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church at P.O. Box 237, Rogers City, MI, 49779. Please specify whether you would like your donation to go to the General Fund or the Sunrise Side Pantry.
Jerry will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him. May he rest in peace.