MUSKEGON — Jerry Barth Wheeler, 68, of Muskegon, MI went to his heavenly home on March 5, 2020 in Lakeland, FL surrounded by his family.
Jerry was born on October 22, 1951 in Muskegon, Michigan to Gerald and Clarissa Stegink Wheeler. He graduated from Mona Shores High School in 1969. He began his studies at Muskegon Community College then transferred to Trinity International University where he received his Bachelor's degree in 1974. He married Andrea Wendell in 1976 making their home in the Cadillac area. They welcomed their son, Jerrod, in 1993.
Jerry served several years in the ministry of Center Lake Bible Camp in various capacities. He transitioned into full-time ministry with Youth for Christ in local, national and international levels for fifty years. During college, Jerry led a YFC club in Muskegon. After moving to the Cadillac area he joined the staff and later became the Executive Director of Cadillac YFC. Jerry was the Director of Spiritual Formation for YFC USA. His ministry included nearly two decades with Project Serve teams to assist with building the YFC camp and served on the national board for YFC France. After hurricane Katrina, Jerry co-led relief efforts with YFC in the gulf coast region of Mississippi. During this time Jerry pastored the Moddersville Reformed Church for 17 years.
Jerry’s favorite times were supporting Jerrod’s many activities. Sports, Tiger baseball, in particular, were also some of Jerry’s passions. He loved history, reading, and spending time with family and friends. In every aspect of his life he took the opportunity to mentor and be a confidante to others.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Andrea; son, Jerrod (Leeann); sister, Patty (Dennis) Sciba; brother, Jim (Kathy); father-in-law, Rodney Wendell; sisters-in-law, Celeste Wells and Stephanie (Tom) Anderson. Many nieces and nephews also survive him. Preceding him in death were his parents, Gerald and Clarissa Wheeler; mother-in-law, Delores Wendell; and brother-in-law, Scott Wells.
A celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at Lakeside Baptist Church in Muskegon Michigan on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 1 p.m. Fellowship and visitation with the family will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial gifts to Youth for Christ, Center Lake Bible Camp or Moddersville Reformed Church.