OBITUARY

Gerald "Jerry" Joseph McCall

January 19, 1938September 17, 2020
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Gerald "Jerry" Joseph McCall, age 82, went home to be with Jesus on September 17th, 2020, in Byron Center, MI.

He was born January 19th, 1938, in Ontario, Canada. He is survived by his beloved wife, Alice (Swanson) McCall; his children: Jerry (Laura) McCall, Aaron (Laura) McCall, Tonia (Dalton) Mayfield, Lillian Bauman, and Heather (Liz) Birch, as well as 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

He served over 22 years in the United States Army, serving in several tours, including two tours to Vietnam. He received several awards, accomplishments, and medals during his service, and completed his service with an honorable discharge at the rank of Master Sergeant. He spent his career years as a master mechanic, continuing to repair vehicles for anyone who had a need, throughout his retirement. He loved music and playing the harmonica.

He was loved and will be missed.

Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 22 from 11 AM until the Funeral Service at 1 PM at ResLife Church, 5100 Ivanrest Ave SW in Grandville. Jerry's interment will be Thursday, September 24 at 11 AM at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, MI with full military honors.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020

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  • Burial

    Thursday, September 24, 2020

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Neil Swanson

October 5, 2020

We were so glad to spend time with Aunt Alice and Uncle Jerry years ago at our house in Colorado. We are so glad we could spend time at the Wyoming Family Reunion too. Jerry will be missed and we will keep everyone in our thoughts and prayers.

Lillian Bauman

September 28, 2020

How can a daughter encapsulate what her father means to her into a few paragraphs. It can’t be done. I never had to worry growing up. And being a grown up. My dad was ALWAYS there. Even though I only called him when I needed help, even though we would sit quietly while he watched tv, instead of having deep meaningful conversations. His actions spoke to me more than any words. He was there. God grew and changed my dad all the way until the very end. He’s made perfect now, spending eternity with our Savior, Jesus.
One memory that stands out, perhaps my earliest of his quiet care for us, was how he worked second or third shift when I was around 6 years old, and every night before he went to work (or came home from it) he would come in and give my sister and I a kiss and hug goodnight. Simple. Quiet. Appreciated.
He grew a love of performance in me, and I will always hold dear the times he played harmonica and I sang with him. I miss you dad. Can’t wait to see you again in Forever.

Philippians 3:20-21:

20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.



Tonia Mayfield

September 25, 2020

I’ve struggled to put into words who Dad meant to me. Who he was. My heart and soul hold so much more than I can speak or write. This picture Was taken on the last big road trip he and mom made around to see everyone. And they finally stopped to see the Grand Canyon. He said it was more amazing than he’d ever seen and wished they had stopped when we traveled as a family. I’m so glad they did. When they came back, they were both so happy and full of joy.
Dad was funny, strong, loved us deeply through his dedication, hard work, provision, prayers, playfulness and compassion. If you needed anything, he would always come through. He reminded me of the parable about the two sons of the vineyard owner. He was the son who was asked to go work in the vineyard, and he grumbled and complained but went and got the work done. The other son quickly said he would go do the work and never did. It was the son who did the work that was Jesus said faithful. That was my dad. Faithful. I’ll miss his amazing ability to add humor into any situation. His timing was impeccable. I’ll miss his presence at home. I’ll miss his gentle I love you when I said it him and nobody was around. I’ll miss the sweet words he would say to momma from the other room. Words I heard mostly in his last days. I’ll miss his schedule, it was like a drumbeat to life. I’ll miss his waiting up to make sure I got home safe at 51 years old. I’ll miss his prayers for all he loved. Mostly I’ll miss the way he last looked at me before he left this world. It was full of all the love held inside of him for my lifetime. He gave me his everything as a dad. It might not have looked like some other dads out there, but I knew it was his best. I love you dad. I’ll see you later. Love Tonia.

Aaron McCall

September 24, 2020

Thanks to everyone for your memories of my father.
Nobody knows my father like the ones closest to him.
Jerry, Tonia, Lilly, Heather and of course...MOM.

Every single one of my siblings are amazing loving people that have raised families of their own. We have driven children and productive beautiful grandkids that only the luckiest among us could have every hoped for.

Dad was complex and war took a toll on him that non of you know. War robbed my family and took the man my mom married and changed him.

Over the last few weeks I have watched my mother mourn. She is so sweet and loving.

Mom we got you. We will never let you fall. Every single one of us, Heather, Lillian, Tonia, me and Jerry will catch you.

Love to all.

Gladys Sansoucie

September 24, 2020

I am so honored to be able to have Jerry as my Brother-in-law. Jerry and Alice have been there for me throughout many difficult times in my life. Jerry always had a way if turning a bad situation around, he was a rock. He was the kind of man who made you feel safe, and important. It's hard for me to put all I feel to words. I will deeply miss Jerry. I will always remember peanut butter toast breakfast and the evening walks with my sister, Alice, and Jerry.

Cathy Gooch

September 21, 2020

What a blessing it was to know Jerry! He was a man of God , and he loved God dearly. He loved to pray for others, and many times, when He prayed for someone, the prayer was answered. He was a faithful member of ResLife Church/Gooch Small Group. He was one of the music worship leaders of our Small Group. He played the harmonica and we enjoyed his music. Our Small Group also listened to a tape of a sermon Jerry preached on “The peace of God” many years ago when he was in the military. That message was so good! We listened to it many times in our Small Group, and that message he preached on “The peace of God” was just as relevant today as it was many years ago! We needed to hear that message! Jerry will be missed dearly, but we know that he’s with Jesus. Enjoy Heaven, Jerry!

Sandy Morgan

September 21, 2020

There are so many fond and humorous memories I have of Jerry and his family but one of my fondest is the memory of when his daughter Tonia was born. She was born at Fort Belvoir, VA. I was 18 and staying with my sister Alice and Her husband Jerry. Alice went into labor and was taken to the hospital. When Jerry got to the hospital to be with her they said it would be awhile and sent him home. We were all asleep when the phone rang and they told Jerry he had a daughter. He woke me up hooping and hollering, “It’s a girl!”, over and over again. It sounded like he was jumping up and down and I heard him call his Mom and Dad announcing his daughter to them. He rushed out in the middle if the night and bought a pretty pink and ruffled baby dress and roses for Alice and rushed to the hospital. He was so happy!

Ian Bauman

September 20, 2020

My grandpa was the only male family member who had consistently been a part of my life. The man couldn’t say a prayer that wasn’t from the deepest part of his soul, because one of the only people who he would let see his heart was God. I’m sure he’s better off now than he ever was before.

Ann Lowe

September 20, 2020

I have only got the privelage of meeting Uncle Jerry and Aunt Alice once. They breezed in coming back from a trip to Vegas, just to say hi to their nephews ! To me, that is priceless as my many Uncles don’t even remember my name. They spent the night with us. My husband, Bill was so tickled to have them in his home. We loved hearing all there precious stories. Plus getting to learn about my husband in his younger years is priceless. We recently had very profound conversation with them on the phone that will probably touch my soul forever.
I am lucky I joined the clan when I did and got to meet you! Fly high with beautiful angels. And send down special one just for Aunt Alice. Hug your sister Heather tight for Bill as I know he misses her so.

Love always,
Ann Lowe

Riley Flake

September 20, 2020

I’ll always be thankful for the time that I was able to spend with Jerry McCall, from family holidays to simply getting lunch at Russ’ or Culver’s. Although I only knew him in his later years, his fun-loving personality and gentle tendencies were often able to shine despite his age and the tough demeanor he attempted to project. I’ll remember him as someone who welcomed me into his home and family, and I have him to thank for many of the people in my life who are important to me, including his granddaughter, my wonderful wife Bethany. I look forward to spending more time with him when the rest of us catch up to take our places at our Lord’s side.

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