Jerome R "Jerry" Ticknor

October 28th, 1938 to April 29th, 2024

Jerome Russell “Jerry” Ticknor, of Port Huron, Michigan, passed away on Monday, April 29, 2024, after bravely battling dementia. With his family surrounding him, he shared with his daughters that he had to go find his star, signaling a peaceful departure from this world.

Jerry was born in Marine City, Michigan on October 28, 1938, the son of James R. Ticknor and Anne (Loria) Ticknor.

Jerry met the love of his life, Nancy (Langs) Ticknor in Port Huron when they were both students at Port Huron Junior College. They received bachelor’s and master's degrees from Eastern Michigan University. They were married at St. Edwards on the Lake in 1958 and celebrated fifty-two years of marriage before Nancy passed away on May 17, 2010.

Jerry is survived by two daughters, Terri Ticknor Gilbert (Richard) and Rebecca (Ticknor) Laupichler (Paul), and four grandchildren, Jason Ticknor Gilbert (Ace Sickles), Elizabeth Ticknor Gilbert (Ryan Ferguson), Benjamin Laupichler and Ethan Laupichler. He also leaves behind two brothers-in-law, Jay Smith and Dwynn DeLor, and ten nieces and nephews. Preceding him in passing was his sister, Lori (Ticknor) Delor.

Jerry had a passion for teaching and devoted over 35 years of his life to shaping the futures of countless middle school students in Port Huron. His unwavering commitment to his profession was matched only by his genuine care and concern for those under his guidance. Jerry instilled not only academic knowledge into the minds of his students but also essential life lessons, something he also extended to his children, colleagues, and all whom he encountered. Beyond his professional achievements, Jerry was a devoted father, husband, and friend. Known for his mentorship, advocacy, and compassion, he left an enduring impression on everyone he met. Whether lending a helping hand to strangers or sharing stories and helpful hints, Jerry's affable demeanor touched hearts far and wide.

As we honor Jerry’s memory, let us carry forward his passion for education, his advocacy for the vulnerable, and his unwavering belief in the power of kindness. Rest in peace, Jerry Ticknor. Your legacy endures, and your memory will forever be cherished.

Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2024 in Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 8, 2024 in Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home, 1720 Elk Street, Port Huron, Michigan. A luncheon will be announced after the service.

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