COLUMBIA — Gerald (Jerry) Howard Guy, 93, passed away March 17, 2014, surrounded by family and loved ones.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, March 29 at 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Columbia with The Reverend Jimmy Spear officiating.
Jerry was born on August 13, 1920, in Millinocket, Maine. He was one of nine children.
Jerry was active in school in Millinocket in sports of all types with his favorites being baseball and basketball, where he made the all-region basketball team. He played for several years on a semi-professional baseball team in the New England states. After his graduation from Stearns High School in Millinocket, World War II was fully underway and he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served as a Bosun’s Mate on an LST. He sailed extensively throughout the Pacific and remembered the Okinawa Invasion. He was eventually assigned to Ft. Lauderdale, FL where he met his wife, Constance (Connie) Anne Shell. They were married in October, 1944, and she preceded him in death.
Jerry had a long career with Sears beginning in Brookfield, MO. Eventually he was asked to move and open stores in Decatur, IL and then finally in Columbia. When he got the Columbia store opened, he asked to stay in Columbia because he and his family had grown to love the town.
Jerry’s interest in sports carried over to his later years as he coached his son Tom’s little league teams in both baseball and basketball. He also dedicated many years of coaching the church league basketball teams at First Christian Church. He and his wife were active members of the church and he was always there to support her many church activities and help whenever he could.
Jerry’s hobbies included sporting events of all kinds. He was a big Mizzou and St. Louis Cardinal fan. He also attended many of his grandchildren’s sporting events when possible. The Guy family has a lake house near Moberly, MO where Jerry spent many years enjoying the outdoors..…fishing, boating, landscaping, etc. Jerry will be remembered by his great sense of humor and love of family.
Jerry is survived by his three children, Patti Freeman (Gary) of Columbia, Kathy Barreto of Columbia, Tom Guy (Lori) of Ozark, MO. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Matthew Barreto (Julie) of Seattle, WA, Natascha Romero (Tony) of Austin, TX, Adam Guy (Caroline) of Columbia and Ashley Patton (Chase) of Columbia along with seven great grandchildren, Daniel and Clara Barreto, Seattle, WA, Marisol, Juliana and Xavier Romero of Austin, TX, Mason Guy and Landry Patton of Columbia.
His family plans to celebrate the lives of Jerry and Connie later this summer at their beloved Holiday Acres lake cabin.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the First Christian Church Special Music Fund, 101 North Tenth Street, Columbia, MO 65201.