Jerry was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 25, 1937, and raised by his parents, Joseph and Grace (Turk) Potempa, in Muskegon, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Navy before moving to Grand Haven, Michigan, in 1966. Jerry worked for Gardner Denver and Otis Elevators. He retired from Otis Elevators in 2003.
Jerry was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing with his sons, and the companionship of one of his many beloved Labrador retrievers.
Jerry is survived by his son, Joseph (Shana) Potempa of Grand Rapids, Mich.; two step-children, Timothy (Margo) DeHaas of Billings, Mont., and Tamara (Rich) Wojtowicz of Oak Park, Ill.; his former wife, Shirley (Civils) Potempa of Muskegon, Mich.; and five grandchildren and three great-great-children.
A private memory service will be held by the family.