Gerald (Jerry) Theron VanBenschoten, age 72, of Howard Lake, passed away unexpectedly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at the Buffalo Hospital Emergency Room.
A memorial service wil take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Waverly. Following the service, all are invited to a COVID-safe box lunch at the residence.
Jerry was born Jan. 27, 1948, In Springfield, NY, to Theron and Doris (Seymour) VanBenschoten. He grew up in Richfield Springs, NY and graduated high school there.
After high school, Jerry went to Florida, where he worked driving pilings on the Seven Mile Bridge that leads to Key West. He also chartered scuba diving boats while in Florida.
Jerry married Patricia Ellefson, Aug. 8, 1974; the couple left Florida and moved to New Germany, MN, and later to Howard Lake.
Jerry owned his own janitorial business for 15 years. When he was no longer able to do janitorial work, he enjoyed customer service and courier roles, before retiring.
Jerry had many hobbies: golfing, bowling, shooting, and woodworking. He was an active member of his church, Living Waters Christian Fellowship.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia, of Howard Lake; daughter, Sara (William) Selvidge, and their children, Nora and Jasper, of St. Michael; sisters, Beverly (David) Wilson of Richfield Springs, NY, and Betty Graham of Debary, FL.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Theron and Doris; and sister, Joan.