Gerald “Jerry” William Troike, 66, of St. Joseph, MI, passed away, Saturday, January 21, 2017 at his St. Joseph apartment overlooking a beautiful view of the river and town.
Jerry was born on September 26, 1950 to Clarence and Helen (Newman) Troike in St. Joseph, MI. He grew up on a small farm in Spinks Corners attending Spinks Corners Elementary School. Jerry graduated Benton Harbor High School in 1969 and completed over 140 credits at Lake Michigan College and Western Michigan University without specifying a degree. He worked at Michigan Fruit Canners for many years. Jerry spent much of his free time playing and listening to religious videos, hymns and polka music. In earlier years, he enjoyed restoring 1950 and 1960 model Corvettes and Chevys. Jerry was proud of his strong Christian beliefs and loved sharing his faith with others.
Jerry is survived by his three siblings Helen Troike Looney of Hoxie, Arkansas, Robert Troike of Hartford, MI and Margie Troike of St. Joseph, MI; eleven nieces and nephews; and numerous grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 902 Broad St., St. Joseph, MI 49085. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.purelycremations.org. Arrangements entrusted to Purely Cremations – Starks Family Funeral Homes 926-9440.
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