Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

8800 North Alpine Road, Machesney Park, IL


Jerry Lee Pilling

April 3, 1952June 12, 2019

Jerry Lee Pilling, 67, of Rockford passed away peacefully in his sleep at home. Born April 3, 1952 in Rockford. Son of Alfred and Floy (Swartz) Pilling. Proud Veteran of the United States Army having served in the Vietnam War. Employed by Danfoss as an Engineering Coordinator. Lifetime member of the American Legion. Jerry found enjoyment in building models of airplanes, anything military and of movies. Enjoyed reading science fiction books, photography, and working in his yard. Jerry had traveled in England and Denmark several times for his work. He was a very simple man that kept his life in order. He was also a very smart and thoughtful man. He will be greatly missed.

Survived by his niece and nephew, Jennifer (Todd) Baran and Jeff (Shannon) Nelson; great nieces and nephews, Addison Mullins, Sierra (Ed) Armstorng, Abigail Nelson, Kyle Key, Emily Nelson, Isaac Nelson and Maya Key; several great-great nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents; sister, Pat Nelson.

Celebration of Life Funeral Service at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19 at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park. Visitation from 1 p.m. until time of service. Burial following in Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made in Jerry’s name to the Vietnam Veterans. To share a condolence www.sunsetfhmemgardens.com


  • Celebration of Life Visitation Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service Wednesday, June 19, 2019


Jerry Lee Pilling

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Trevor Greening

June 19, 2019

Jerry's Dad (Al) stayed with our family in England for Christmas 1943. When he left our area for DDay early in 1944 he gave me his bicycle that he used to ride the 8 miles from his camp to our house in Swindon. The following Christmas we received a parcel containing "goodies" my brother and I had never seen before from Jerry's Mom (Floy). My Mothers thank you letter started a friendship and regular communication between our families that has lasted for over 75 years and we have watched each other's families grow. On my Mother and Floy's death Pat (Jerry's sister) and I became the link and when Pat and Jerry visited us in 2000 Jerry had made a scale model of the bicycle his father had given me. It has had pride of place in my study since then and every time I look at it I think of Jerry and his quiet, kind and thoughtful manner. On our visit to Rockford in 2002 Pat and Jerry made us so welcome and his collection of models we thought was awesome. We stayed in his house and were able to meet all the family. Jerry kept in contact by email with me after Pat's death but had passed the duty of contact to Jeni and Todd. Jerry was a friend I loved and respected. I will miss his friendly contact but hope our family connections will long continue. Rest in peace, Jerry.

Bruce Widell

June 17, 2019

Jerry and I first crossed paths in our employment at Nelce TV on Charles Street back in 1974. Jerry had recently returned from Vietnam and returned to Nelce TV to apply his skills repairing TVs and stereo equipment. Years later our paths crossed again while we worked together for a couple of decades and in various roles at Danfoss. I remember Jerry to be a thoughtful, concise, candid, and competent engineer. His dedication could always be relied upon. If more of us shared some of Jerry's unique characteristics the world would be a better place. He'll be missed…
- Bruce

Todd Baran

June 13, 2019

Uncle Jerry-

You were a kind, gentle and quiet man. I enjoyed spending time with you, talking about Military history, military air craft, WWII, and was always amazed at how well you built models. I enjoyed our little email updates, just checking in on each other. I was looking forward to our upcoming BBQ. I am grateful for you to have been my Uncle, and honored to have known you as a Vietnam Veteran. Rest easy Jerry. You will be missed.