Jerry’s journey began on September 25, 1954, in Fort Worth, Texas, when he was born to Johnny Rogers Jr. and Zelma Rea Gaines. He was a smart kid in school, an avid history reader, interested in anything car related, as well as a huge football and Cowboys fan.
He was easy going and slow to anger but could handle himself if necessary. As a child, he became interested in car repair by observing his friend’s father, working weekends on his hobby car. He had a big interest in car racing but was apprehended for street racing which may have curbed his appetite for racing.
Moving to Dayton, Ohio with his family, he entered the Job Corps and received a diploma in auto repair and his GED, after which he acquired a job as a mechanic but left because of disagreement with their business practices. He then repaired cars for family, friends and others for pay as well as pursuing various other jobs.
Next, was the army reserves for a year or less until stationed at an army base, but blood pressure issues cut his stay very short.
Many ladies caught his eye, but Susan Hosbrook captured his heart, and that union produced a lovely daughter, Kristina, and also, he assisted in the raising of a loving Goddaughter, Ricketta. He, also, had a close relationship with LaJuan Marzette as an adopted son-in-law for 20 years.
Finally, he decided to become a truck driver and he drove from the east to the west coast until heart issues arose that led to a stent and by-pass surgery, then, he worked for Rumpke Recycling Co. for many years. Later, time passed, and he was not able to work because of health issues, which landed him in Friendship Village and there his journey ended in his homegoing on April 4, 2022.
Jerry is survived by his daughter, Kristina Hosbrook; Goddaughter, Ricketta Wilson; grandchildren, Armiyah and LaJuan Marzette Jr.; sister, Marva Gaines; brother, Jimmy Gaines; nephews, Nathaniel, Daniel, Nathan and Davon Gaines; nieces, Haley, Alex and Gabrielle Gaines; cousins, Lois, Annette, Earl and Ollie Kilgore, Dorothy, Earl, Katrina and Evelyn Williams; many other family and friends.
Visitation 10 am-1 pm Monday, April 11, at the House of Wheat Funeral Home, Inc., 2107 N. Gettysburg Ave. Family will receive friends 12-1 pm. (Mask Required).
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