MT. VERNON — Jerry B. Gott, 85, passed away at 1:45 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, at his home in Springfield. His joyous approach to life was an inspiration to many. He brought zest to overcoming obstacles.
Jerry was born May 28, 1928, in Mt. Vernon, the son of William and Myrtle Bender Gott. He married Karen Churchman Hasara on March 8, 1985, in Springfield.
Jerry graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1946 and attended Southern Illinois Unviersity at Carbondale. He proudly served his country in the United States Army as a medical lab technician in post WWII occupied Japan. Jerry was five times elected Clerk of the Circuit Court and Recorder of Deeds in Jefferson County, serving from 1954-1969, and was one of the most popular elected officials from the area. He moved to Springfield in 1969 to beome assistant director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, where he served as the liaison between the Circuit Clerks and the Circuit Courts in Illinois, retiring in 1991. He was a panel member of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. Jerry was a former member of the Mt. Vernon Lions Club and the Rotary Club of Springfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents and stepdaughter, Ann Hasara Churchman.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Hasara of Springfield; three children, Dita Coe of Riverside, Calif., Jeff Gott and wife Mary of Bartlett and Jim Gott and wife Mary of Spaulding; three stepchildren, Ted Hasara and wife Margo of Springfield, Tim Hasara and wife Amy of St. Louis and Mark Hasara of South Carolina; five grandchildren, Ryan and Daniel Coe of Phoenix, Ariz., Bryan Gott of Washington, DC, Kendra Gott of Spaulding and Andrew Gott of Bartlett; two stepgrandsons, Ben Hasara of St. Louis and Michael Geary and wife Holly of Elgin; one stepgranddaughter, Melissa Hutson and husband Gerade of South Elgin; and two stepgreat-grandchildren; one sister, Jane Blackard of Springfield; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church, 700 South Sixth St., Springfield, with the Rev. Rick Irwin officiating. In accordance with Jerry's wishes his body will be donated to science following the ceremonies.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 South Sixth St., Springfield.
Memorials may be made to Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 South Sixth St., Springfield, Il., 62701.
You may visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer condolences.