MATTOON — Gerald Luther Englund, age 79 of Mattoon, IL passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Copper Creek Cottages in Mattoon, IL.
A funeral service honoring his life will be held at a later date. Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Gerry was born August 22, 1939 in Shelbyville IL the son of Arnold Carl Englund and Katherine (Pauley) Englund. He married the love of his life Carol Dian Cushman on October 15, 1961. Survivors include his wife of fifty-seven years, Carol of Mattoon, IL; two children, Kenny Englund (Michelle) of Mattoon, and Kari Englund-Moreton of Troy, IL. He had four grandchildren Amanda Marie Fonner (Ryan), Kaylee Dian Englund (Fiancé Michael Falconio), Alexandria Grace Moreton and Anthony Joseph Moreton. He had one great-grandson, Harrison Knoll Fonner. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Norviel Englund, and beloved dog, Bo Bo.
Gerry was a member of the First Christian Church of Mattoon, where he was a member of the choir. He also sang with the Lakeland Community Choir.
Gerry studied at DeVry Institute in Chicago. He worked at Mattoon Heating and Air and Walden’s T.V. and Appliance of Mattoon.
Gerry was an avid Cubs fan among a family of Cardinals fans. He loved tinkering and making many family treasures in his wood shop. He enjoyed time with his family most of all. Those who knew Gerry were forever changed by his kind nature. Special thanks to the Copper Creek Staff that has become our family.
Memorials may be made to Douglas Hart Nature Center, 2204 Dewitt Avenue E, Mattoon, IL 61938, First Christian Church, 1600 Wabash Avenue, Mattoon, IL and Lincoln Land Hospice, 1004 Health Center Drive, Mattoon, IL.
Alzheimer’s took his mind, cancer took his life, but our Lord and Savior has his soul for Eternity!