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Jerry Girard

David Jerry Girard, age 77, of Ithaca, died peacefully on October 4, 2017, at Masonic Pathways in Alma.

Jerry was born March 28, 1940, in Bay City, the son of Elmer and Irene (Atkinson) Girard.  He married Mary Ann Louise Fisher on July 7, 1969 in Fredrick, Michigan  He worked for 23 years in animal Control for the County of Gratiot, and also served as a reserve deputy.  He enjoyed watching wrestling, old movies, and especially westerns on the television.  He loved to cook, and enjoyed large bar-b-ques.  Jerry was a wonderful father, and accepted his step children as his own.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary; his daughters, Sherry (Jerry) Schaub of Santee, CA, Cindy Girard of Battle Creek, Debra (David) Bailey of Plant City, FL, Karen Stringfellow of Ocala, FL, Linda Youman of Battle Creek, Nancy Radloff of LaPort, IN, and Kimberly (Joseph) Tulk of Windsor, CO; 16 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; five sisters, Peggy Dunn, Elaine Wood, Donna Hull, Susan Wilkinson all of Union City, and Lynette Girard of Drummond; and his brother, Mark Gerard of Union City.  He was preceded in death by his parents; and his grandson, Nicholas James Bailey.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ithaca Rescue.  Condolences may be left for the family online at

Reader Comments (11)

We extend our deepest sympathy on the death of Jerry . We are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
October 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterReg and Jane Norris
Our deepest sympathy to you Mary and your family.You are in our thoughts and prays.
October 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterLarry and JoAnn Beard
My deepest sympathy to you Mary Ann & family.
October 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Calkins
May you find peace and healing Mary Ann. You have been an angel and will be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you and your family. Sincerely, Jo
October 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJo Jones
Kim, very sorry to hear of the passing of your your dad. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
October 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Chaney
Thinking of you, MaryAnn. I used to see Jerry very often at work. He was a good guy. He always said nice things about you.
October 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCorinne Bertram
I'm so sorry to hear about Jerry. He was such a nice man. My deepest sympathy to Mary Ann and family.
October 6, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSuzie Cowdrey
Mary Ann, Dave & Debbie, we are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
October 7, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBob & Sheila Bishop
Mary Ann & family, My thoughts & prayers are with all of you. It's hard to loose a loved one, remember your friends are here for you & we'll wait as long as you need. May he rest in peace in the arms of the Lord.
October 8, 2017 | Unregistered Commentergloria Kleinhans
My Sweet Mary Ann and family,
We offer our love and support at this most difficult time.
With love,
Ruth Sandy, Suzie, Eddie and Josh
October 8, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRuth Genyk
Mary Ann, Sherry, Deb, Kim and family:

My deepest sympathy to you all. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
October 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPaula Johnson Gotcher

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