Gerald L. "Jerry" Levans, 76, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.
Jerry was born Feb. 2, 1937, in Siam, to Chester J. and Lucile M. (nee Wilson) Levans. He spent his early life and received his education in Attica.
Jerry proudly served in the U.S. Navy from July 1956-June 1960. He was honorably discharged in February 1962.
Jerry was united in marriage to Ivy J. Brown July 25, 1959, in Oakland, Calif. Following marriage, they made their home in Burlington, Wis.
Jerry worked for Chrysler Corp., Kenosha, Wis., for more than 20 years. After retiring from Chrysler, he began his second career with Napa Auto Parts, Burlington, Wis. He retired from Napa in October 2012, and with much anticipation, moved to Arlington, Tenn.
Jerry enjoyed spending time with family, friends and fellow veterans. He was a member of Burlington VFW Post 2823, American Legion Post 79 and the Navy Club USA Ship 240. He was involved with fundraising events to help other veterans and other activities with the VFW and American Legion. He will be remembered for his friendly smile, sense of humor and the willingness to lend a hand.
Survivors include his loving wife, Ivy; four children, Lonnie (Debby) Levans of Burlington, Wis., Ronald (Meridith) Levans of Arlington, Tenn., Carol (Joseph) Connelly of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., and Kellie Levans of Burlington, Wis.; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two brothers, Robert and Norbert Levans.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers Edward, George and Jack.
Relatives and friends may visit with the family 2-5 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home, 625 Browns Lake Drive, Burlington, WI 53105, (262) 763-3434.
A memorial service, with military honors, will commence at 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Pastor Tom Armitage officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to Wisconsin Veterans Home, Union Grove, Wis.