Jerry Lee Billman, age 79, passed away at his home in West Jefferson on August 22, 2022 after a long and courageous battle with numerous ailments that started abruptly as a result of a blood disorder.
Born January 11, 1943 to Olga (Schlosser) and George Billman, Jerry was a graduate of Pleasant View High School, a self-made and successful businessowner, a loving family patriarch, and a generous and respected community leader.
Jerry grew up as a pig farmer and then drove a truck for Sun Oil. He built a thriving business from the ground up that included gas stations, convenience stores, auto repair shop, towing business, car rental, ice cream shop (JJ&M), and several residential rental properties.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Ruth (Shepherd) and their children: Jodi (Chris) Kotsko, Jill (Michael) Billman-Royer, and Michael (Jackie) Billman. “Turtle” – as he was affectionately known by his 10 grandchildren: Carleigh (Sean), Price, Graham, Mallory, Isaac, Michael, Isabelle, Mitchell, Elanna, and Campbell – was who everyone called to fix everything.
Jerry will be tremendously missed by his extensive, extended family of cousins, nieces, nephews, siblings-in-law, and grand-dogs. A man of great strength, spirit, faith, and humor – Jerry was also a loving and loyal friend to many.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Sonny; sister, Mary; and brother-in-law, Dick Sheets.
Family and friends are invited to celebrate his life at RADER-MCDONALD-TIDD FUNERAL HOME, 1355 W. Main St., West Jefferson, OH. from 3-7pm on Saturday, August 27. A Memorial Service, officiated by Pastors Sara Wadley and Larry Baker, will be held on Sunday, August 28, 3pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 55 Pasadena Ave., Columbus, OH. 43228.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in his memory to: St. Paul Lutheran Church, https://www.stpaulnewrome.com/ or ProMedica Hospice Memorial Fund, https://www.promedica.org/waystogive/hospice-memorial-fund/donate/