Jerry Luverne Elm, 80, of Toddville, died suddenly Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids. A visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Zion Lutheran Church in Hiawatha. Burial will be in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Jerry Luverne Elm was born Feb. 20, 1938, in Webster City, the son of John E. Elm and Wahneeta W. Davis. Jerry grew up in Webster City. He graduated from high school in 1956, then he enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard and served from 1956 to 1965. He was united in marriage to Janice Gramblin on May 8, 1960, in Webster City. They enjoyed 58 years together. Over the years, Jerry became self-employed. He owned and operated Elms Standard, Cedar Rapids, and Elm's J & J Amoco in Marion. He then retired in 1992 from Elms Auto Repair in Marion. Jerry was very fortunate to be able to spend time with his family, friends, and enjoyed traveling in his retirement.
Jerry was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church. He belonged to the Lions Club in Toddville and American Legion Post No. 674 in Toddville. He was an active member in the Cedar Rapids Corvette Club. There never was a day that went by that he didn't have a big smile on his face. He loved God, his family and friends. He never met a stranger, and would talk all day long if you let him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jackie Elm and Don Gorman; and his brothers-in-law, Cecil Gramblin Jr., Marvin Gramblin and Gary Gramblin.
Left to cherish Jerry's memories are his wife, Janice Elm of Toddville; three children, Tony (Rhonda) Elm of Marion, Karla Elm of Cedar Rapids and Kip (Angela) Elm of Cedar Rapids; grandchildren, Tana (Brad) Carte, Darin Elm, Jacob (fiancee Laura Tietz) Elm and Jacquelyn Elm; mother, Mildred Elm of Webster City; and siblings, Ronald (Cindy) Davis of Toddville, Lynda (Larry) Chamberlain of Cedar Rapids and Jerry (Michelle) Gorman of Kansas.
His love for God, family and friends was deep and unwavering. Jerry's warm heart and twinkle in his eyes embraced everyone he came across. He was blessed in that he never met a stranger.
Memorial's may be directed to the family in Jerry's name.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.