Jerold L. Evilsizor, 77, of Belton, Mo., passed away Friday, March 15, 2019.
Jerry was born Dec. 1, 1941, in DeGraff, a son of the late Kermit and Juanita Parr Evilsizor . He enjoyed a close relationship with his grandfather, Harold Evilsizor, throughout his childhood.
He met his wife, the former Patricia Shroyer, his senior year of high school while working at Isley’s ice cream parlor in Bellefontaine. He soon made his intentions clear: “I want to be a forest ranger and you can be my wife.”
On June 12, 1960, Jerry and Tricia were joined in marriage. Together they were blessed with four sons, Kenneth, Jeffrey, Steven,and Douglas, and Jerry devoted himself to his family. Jerry started his career as a door-to-door Fuller Brush salesman. He then focused on insurance, earning certifications in CLU, ChFC and CIC. He spent more than 20 years with Preferred Risk before becoming an independent insurance agent.
While his career may not have taken him into the woods, Jerry was an avid hunter, fisherman and hiker. He and Tricia enjoyed experienc- ing new landscapes and traveled extensively, including Latin America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and throughout the United States. Upon retirement, Jerry and Tricia thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail south to north. Tricia’s trail name was “Slow Motion” and Jerry’s was “Patience” for good reason. Jerry was devout in his faith and began every morning with his Bible and a devotional. A man of few words, he led by quiet example. In 2015, Jerry and Tricia moved to Belton, Missouri; and they made their church home the First Baptist Church of Raymore.
Jerry is also preceded in death by a brother, Larry Campbell; and sister, Coni Campbell.
He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Evilsizor; four sons, Kenneth (Jacqueline) Evilsizor of San Diego, Calif., Jeffrey (Tracy) Evilsizor of Belton, Mo., Steven (Ruth Ann) Evilsizor of Hampstead, N.C., and Douglas Evilsizor of Albuquerque, N.M.; two brothers, Thomas (Susan) Evilsizor and William (Martha) Evilsizor (Martha); sister, Linda (Larry) Roosa; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchil- dren.
He will be missed.
A Celebration of Life begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at the First Baptist Church in Raymore, 116 S. Washington St., Raymore, Mo.
Cullen Funeral Home in Raymor, handled arrangements.