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Jerry Lawrence Dailing, 81, of Machesney Park died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008, in Rockford Memorial Hospital.
Born Aug. 28, 1926, in Quincy, he was the son of Francis and Ruth (Wilkerson) Dailing. He attended schools in Baring, Mo.
Jerry was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He married Alice P. Ruhl on March 31, 1951, in Davenport, Iowa; she died March 10, 2007. Together they moved to Rockford in 1956. Jerry worked at Sunstrand Corp. for 38 and one-half years, retiring in 1993. Jerry was a member of UAW Local 592 and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.
Survivors include sons, Jerry Dailing, Russell (Rhonda) Dailing, Brett (Amy) Dailing, all of Rockford; daughters, Diane (Tim) Mahorski, Brenda Dailing, all of Machesney Park; grandchildren, Brian, Aaron, Rachel, Ryan, Ericka, Meghan, Todd, David, Bradley, Amanda, Mitchell and Dane; brother, John Dailing of Camdenton, Mo.; brother-in-law, Douglas (Nancy) Ruhl; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Predeceased by wife; infant son, Lawrence; brothers, Francis “Chuck” Dailing, Jr., and James Dailing.
Special thanks to the staff at Comfort Keepers, Fairview Residence and Rosewood Care Center for their care and support.
Service was private. Arrangements completed by Honquest Family Funeral Home with Crematory, Rockford Chapel, 4311 N. Mulford Road. For online condolences, visit