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East Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens

1102 Airport Road, Bloomington, IL

OBITUARY

Jerome Lawrence Flotkoetter

December 15, 1950May 22, 2020

Jerome (Jerry) Lawrence Flotkoetter, 69, of Bloomington, Illinois, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Illinois where he was surrounded by his wife and children. He was born on December 15, 1950 at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Quincy, Illinois to Russell Jerome and Constance Ann (Strathmeyer) Flotkoetter. Jerry was a loved and respected husband, father, step-father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend to all that knew him. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved dog, Hillbilly.

Jerry was best known for his long service in the Hearing Aid Industry where he owned Bloomington Hearing Aid Centers, Inc. in Bloomington and Pontiac, Illinois and provided services to surrounding communities. Jerry was recognized and honored in the industry with multiple awards and recognitions for Patient Care, Customer Satisfaction, and Innovative and Creative Promotional Concepts. He was also well known for providing the long-standing Senior Fall Expo in McLean County that provided free healthcare screenings and other senior benefits for 10 years. His patients became his friends who often made him homemade gifts to show their appreciation for his service and care including gifts of carved and metal sculptures.

Jerry and his wife Dianne are members of Heartland Community Church in Normal, Illinois, where they love serving and worshiping together. They were active in their community and could be found singing and playing guitar at the local Moose Lodge charity events for children annually. Jerry loved to dress up as Santa Claus and surprise deserving family friends with gifts, to spread joy. His family could always count on him to lend a helping hand. And his friends often commented on his generous spirit.

He was well known for loving all things orange in color, John Wayne and cowboy (and boy, you should see his belt buckle collection!). Jerry loved to play guitar for his children when they were young and also for his grandchildren. He was an avid golfer (with a Hole-in-One) and swimmer and could often be found at the local Four Seasons swimming laps or on the golf course with family and friends. Jerry loved traveling with his wife and family where he developed a knack for photography and art collections. He also loved fishing and swimming with his grandchildren.

Jerry married his first wife, Linda Meeker Flotkoetter and they had three children together. He later married Dianne Thomas Flotkoetter on August 28, 1993 whom Jerry called the “Love of His Life.” Dianne also brought two children to the marriage so together they created a beautiful, blended family with five children that Jerry and Dianne treasured.

Survivors include his wife Dianne of Bloomington; his children Michael Flotkoetter (Nicole), Bloomington; A. Rachel Flotkoetter Wozniak (Scott), Newnan, GA; Brooke Flotkoetter Moore (Conrad), Roanoke; W. Kenneth Boline (Heidi), San Tan Valley, AZ; Bryan Boline (Melinda), Chicago; Fourteen grandchildren, Austin Flotkoetter, Zachary Boline, Kaley Boline, Abigail Wozniak, Lily Wozniak, Cole Boline, Alaina Moore, Emberlynn Wozniak, Kyle Moore, Logan Flotkoetter, Evan Wozniak, Henry Moore, Drew Boline and Joselyn Flotkoetter; sister, Lynn Flotkoetter of Springfield; twin-brother, James Flotkoetter (Brenda) of Ocala, Florida; and nieces and nephews.

Private graveside services will be held, due to Covid-19, at East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens in Bloomington. East Lawn Memorial will provide a live stream link via Facebook live for those that would like to view the graveside service on June 1st. Friends and family are invited to sign the East Lawn Memorial Online guestbook.

Memorial funds or special contributions can be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Heartland Community Church in Normal, IL.

  • FAMILY

  • Dianne Flotkoetter, Wife
  • Michael Flotkoetter (Nicole), Son
  • Rachel Flotkoetter Wozniak (Scott), Daughter
  • Brooke Flotkoetter Moore (Conrad), Daughter
  • Kenneth Boline (Heidi), Son
  • Bryan Boline (Melinda), Son
  • Austin Flotkoetter, Grandson
  • Zachary Boline, Grandson
  • Kaley Boline, Granddaughter
  • Abigail Wozniak, Grandaughter
  • Lily Wozniak, Grandaughter
  • Cole Boline, Grandson
  • Alaina Moore, Granddaughter
  • Emberlynn Wozniak, Grandaughter
  • Kyle Moore, Grandson
  • Logan Flotkoetter, Grandson
  • Evan Wozniak, Grandson
  • Henry Moore, Grandson
  • Drew Boline, Grandson
  • Joselyn Flotkoetter, Granddaughter
  • Lynn Flotkoetter, Sister
  • James Flotkoetter (Brenda), Brother
  • Russell Jerome Flotkoetter, Father (deceased)
  • Constance Ann (Strathmeyer) Flotkoetter, Mother (deceased)
  • and many nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, June 1, 2020

Memories

Jerome Lawrence Flotkoetter

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Janet and Kevin Mohrman

June 2, 2020

Heartland Church is saddened to hear of Jerry’s passing. He was a wonderful person, caring, personable.

Margo Boline

June 1, 2020

Dearest Dianne,
You are in our thought’s and prayers.
We thoroughly enjoyed the times we spent in fellowship with you and Jerry.
He was definitely a wonderful person.
Definitely know we will meet up in the heavens again, someday soon I really think.
We Love You and will be in touch.
With Love,
Margo

Karen Hans

June 1, 2020

Aunt Diane, my thoughts are with you. I have two lovely memories of Uncle Jerry.

My first memory was living in Ohio. I had just moved for grad school and my apartment was broken into. Uncle Jerry, Aunt Diane, and Brooke showed up ready to move me across town to a safer apartment. I felt so lost and like maybe I should just go back to Florida. Family is there when you need them, and this gave me the support and courage to stay and be brave. I wouldn't be who I am today if I had not finished and became and behavior analyst. Thank you all!

My second memory is Uncle Jerry playing Santa for my kiddos. We came to Illinois for Christmas, and on Christmas day, he took time out of his day to dress up and surprise my kids and me as Santa! That was so magical and I will never forget it. To see the kids in all their wonder and to hear him talk to them and secretly slip out while they counted was great! This memory will live on with me and them for our entire lives.

I truly miss Uncle Jerry and just want to give you all big hugs. We are all thinking of you and wishing you peace with the joy in the memories we all hold. He definitely touched many lives and his impact will live on.

Kelcee Boughan

June 1, 2020

Hey Dianne, I just wanted to remind you of all the long discussions we have had about boys! When I say this, I mean all the times you've told me to be patient and wait for a man like Jer. Learning of your relationship with Jer and how much respect, trust, and pure love you guys have for one another is what gave me faith into my relationship now. Jerry is a once in a lifetime man and I am so happy you found one another to share and teach that love to those around you.

Robin Hester

June 1, 2020

Dianne - you and Jerry welcomed me into your church where I instantly felt at home. His service and love for others was obvious. You made each other smile. My prayers continue for you and may good memories bring you comfort until together again.

Linda Riordan

May 31, 2020

Dear Di, my memories of Jerry are those of a very kind, caring, compassionate, warm man who dearly loved you and his family.
Your marriage was one made in Heaven.
May your heart be flooded with memories of your wonderful life together.
Love, my dear friend.

Fernando Dominguez

May 28, 2020

Father or Mercy and Compassion,

With heavy hearts we come to you because of the recent and unexpected loss of Jerome Lawrence Flotkoetter. Please realize that heavy heartbreak and uncertainty lies on his family as this time. But because of your son Jesus, you know their pain and sorrow intimately. We pray that you take the hand of Jerome and make yourself known to him. We also pray that you guard his family’s hearts and minds through acceptance of this realization they must embrace.

Thank you Jesus for the cross and your resurrection, which is our saving grace. Jesus, you created a clear path for us in Heaven as the sacrificial lamb here on Earth.

Lord, we know that you are the gate keeper to eternal life and that your grace and love abound in us. So take their hands, Lord, and lead them through as they lay their fears at your feet.

Thank you for the comfort they seek to find in your presence. Because through prayer we know your presence is with them. Please send them your peace today Lord – the peace that passes all understanding. Don’t let them waiver and doubt as they release their trust and pain into your hands.

With your loving hands help them embrace this painful loss through faith. Jerome was a loving husband, father, grandfather and served others in his community. Because he’s already earned his space in Heaven, help his family see Jerome is now in your hands for doing your will. Comfort his family as their grief seems to overpower them at this moment.

Please fill their hearts with a joy that they cannot fathom or understand. It is their grief and mourning that holds joy on the other side for Jerome and not here for us on Earth so help them understand and embrace it.

Lord, you are conqueror of all and for this reason we lean on you for understanding and acceptance. May they feel your presence and comfort as they mourn together. In Jesus name we pray to you, Amen!

Kassandra Janes

May 28, 2020

Although I have many childhood memories with Uncle Jerry I would like to talk about my most recent. I had just got a membership to Planet Fitness and saw Aunt Dianna at the row machines doing it like a boss 💪 so I sat down next to her and talked for awhile catching up.
Then Uncle Jerry came over and I told him how I was new there, so he took me through every machine, plus some tips to help me on my journey. I tried to talk him into letting me teach them Yoga and possibly workout together.
I’ll tell you this Uncle Jerry every time I step foot in Planet Fitness, I’ll be thinking of you the whole time. I believe you were too young to go but God always has higher plans for us and we will be reunited as a whole family again. Our human life is so small in comparison to Eternal life with our Heavenly Father!
A saying from a beautiful book called “It’s okay, you’re not okay” said losing someone doesn’t end the relationship, it changes it. This statement changed something in my heart during my time of grieving and I pray that it can help anyone reading this too.
I love my family dearly! I hope you’re dancing in the skies with Grandpa.

Chuck and Lynn Allen

May 27, 2020

We’ll always remember Jerry because of his welcoming smile and zest for life. And, don’t forget the Flot-fest, Super Bowl and Christmas parties. So many great times. So many memories. We’ll miss you.

Our condolences to the family during this difficult time. Sending hugs.......

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY