"Jerry" Gunn daughter of Evelyn and LeRoy Kluge,
was born almost 92 years ago on December 1, 1920, in Salt
Lake City, Utah. Jerry died on November 3, 2012, in American
Fork, Utah, from complications following a fall in her Highland
home. Jerry married Harold "Hal" Woodrow Gunn
on September 18, 1941, in Roswell, New Mexico, where Hal
was in pilot training in the Army Air Corps. The union was
later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple.
As a youth Jerry loved to hike, camp and fish with her
family. At South High School she was an accomplished hurdler.
After graduating with honors at the age of 16, Jerry continued
her education while working at a small book shop on South
Main Street. She was an avid skier and golfer. She worked
at the Tribune Telegram during the time Hal served as a
World War II B17 pilot. This was a difficult time for her
as she was notified that he was listed Missing in Action
and later reported to be a Prisoner of War. At the end of
the war in 1945, Hal returned home and the couple resumed
their life in Salt Lake City where they were active in community
affairs. Jerry was president of The Women’s Auxiliary
of the Salt Lake Junior Chamber of Commerce.
In October of 1952, the couple and their five children
moved to Gilford, New Hampshire, where they lived for over
25 years. During their time in New Hampshire, Jerry and
Hal were instrumental in the growth of The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints in the New England Mission.
The first Church meetings in the area were held in their
home and Jerry held as many as 13 callings at one time.
She served in every church auxiliary including the callings
of New England Mission Primary and Young Women’s President.
Perhaps her favorite calling was as Mission Young Women’s
Camp Director. Hal and Jerry traveled thousands of miles
throughout New England and Eastern Canada in the fulfillment
of their callings. Beyond official callings, she devoted
many hours maple sugaring and baking to help raise money
for the building of the chapel of the Laconia New Hampshire
Branch. In addition to her church service, Jerry spent many
hours working to benefit the local schools and community.
While devoting time to her family, church and volunteer
organizations, she worked for her dear friends at the Arlberg
Inn and The North and South Shop. She also worked as an
interior designer and carpet, wallpaper and paint expert
with her husband at his Sherwin Williams Store.
After Jerry and Hal had raised their children, they moved
back to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1977. Still very dedicated
to Church service, they served a mission on Salt Lake City’s
Temple Square and in The Independence Visitors Center where
Hal was Director. She also served as an ordinance worker
in the Mount Timpanogos Temple. Continuing her interest
in sports, she was a member of the Singing Hills Golf Group
and President of the Women’s Auxiliary at the Mick
Riley Golf Course. She approached every aspect of her life
with enthusiasm and excellence. Many people referred to
her as an angel as she was graceful and loving in everything
Her greatest love was her family. She is preceded in death
by her eternal companion, Hal, her sister, Jean Chase, her
brother, Robert Kluge, and her grandson, Matthew Roush.
She is survived by her children: Jerrilyn (Robert) Roush,
Cynthia (Michael) Cosgrave, Catherine (Ray) Webb, Debra
(Roger) Williams, Hal (Susan) Gunn and Rita Roberts. She
has 34 grandchildren and 120 great grandchildren and 4 great-
Funeral Services will be held in the Highland Utah Stake
Center, 5535 West 11200 North, Highland, Utah, 84003, on
Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 1:00 P.M. Viewing’s
will be held at the same location on Friday, November 9,
2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. and on Saturday, November 10,
2012 from 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Interment will be on
Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Camp W.G. Williams Utah Veterans
Cemetery & Memorial Park, off Redwood Road, on 17111
South Camp Williams Road, Bluffdale, Utah, 84065, immediately
following the funeral.
Her family wishes to thank the Warenski Funeral Home, Doctor
Michael Cosgrave, the staffs of The America Fork Hospital
and Stonehenge of American Fork and the 25th and 38th Wards
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for their
loving care and assistance.