James Kurtz Gery, 51, died in a snowmobile accident on March 15, 2019. Born on Feb. 20, 1968 in Indianapolis, he went to North Central High School, graduated from the University of Michigan, and earned his MBA from the University of Chicago. He had a bunch of great jobs, none of which defined him. He lived for his family and friends. Lori is his true love and his perfect person. He loved and respected her with every ounce of his being. His son Will (aka “Willie”) was his utter pride, his mini-me, “exactly like me,” he would say with a smile, and Jim met his match with his best girl, Lilah, his “Hootie Hoo,” his sports star and TV watching pal. 

His band of brothers is vast — Mike, Kip, Ted, Thad, his River Forest posse, his college crew and countless more. He had an unparalleled level of acceptance of others. He did not allow complaining and freely shared gratitude for his life. “Truly blessed” he would say, with an element of sarcasm. Walloon Lake was his happy place. He loved nothing more than his new “little house,” his snowmobiles, a boat cruise to the Barrel Back and golf at the WLCC. 

James Gery is survived by his parents, Lee and Ellis Gery; his sister, Shawn (Dave) Trippel; his aunts, Marilyn (Phil) Parker, Diann (Bobby) Walker, and Carolyn Kurtz; his in-laws, Pat (Harriet) Brazil; his sister-in-law Maria (Bruce) Ianni; and his beloved Isabelle, Mack and Matia. 

Be “Jim Gery-like” (pronounced Jim Gerry-like): live, laugh and love deeply. Be grateful. Be kind. 

A memorial service is being held at First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, 7551 Quick Ave. on Friday, April 5 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Walloon Lake Association, www.walloon.org. 

Family and friends wishing to share a thought or memory of Jim are encouraged to do so online at www.stonefuneralhomeinc.com.

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