Jerry Levinson, 86, formerly of Oak Park, died on Sept. 4, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. A graduate of Fairfax High in California, he served as a sergeant in the Air Force in Korea in the 686 Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, then worked as an electrical engineer, where he provided expertise to several companies, including Collins Radio, Zenith, and Knowles Electronics. Cycling was an extreme passion, which led him to open Oak Park Cyclery. The store was a home to many in the Chicago area for best-in-class bikes, service and repairs, and a great place to start many bike rides. At age 80, he qualified for the Senior Olympics, a testament to his dedication. He also shared his appreciation for classical and jazz music, the Chicago Cubbies, and most importantly, his compassion, empathy and love for family.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Helen; his brothers, Howard and Michael Levinson; his daughter, Andrea Skinner; his son, Philip Levinson; his daughter and son in-law, Julie and Matt Koellner; and his grandchildren Abigail and Rebecca Skinner, Katrena Koellner, Olivia and Penelope Levinson.
If you’d like to make a tribute in memoriam, we have selected two organizations that align with Jerry’s spirit: Ghisallo Cycling Initiative, https://ghisallo.org/donate, and Alzheimer’s Association, https://www.alz.org.