Obituary: Gerald Holton, 87, of Ludington

August 24, 2023

Jerry Holton

Obituary: Gerald Holton, 87, of Ludington

Husband and father Gerald L. “Jerry” Holton left this world suddenly on Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at the age of 87, with his wife and son by his side.  Jerry was born in on February 13, 1936 in Northport, the son of Nelsen and Emmie (Nielsen) Holton on the Nielsen family cherry farm.  He graduated from Northport High School and completed his bachelor’s of arts degree from Wayne University (now Wayne State University).  After serving his country with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, Jerry worked as a design engineer with Freightliner Trucks until his retirement. He had a love for the outdoors, fishing, skiing, and any sport he could play in his younger years.  Jerry was loved for his sly sense of humor and friendly smile for everyone.

Jerry will be greatly missed by his wife Patricia “Pat” (Rahn) with whom he recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on August 15, and his son Russ Holton from Cornelius, NC.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Wendy, and seven brothers and sisters.

A ceremony to remember Jerry’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 26 at Community Church in Ludington.

Please visit Jerry’s memory page at to share a memory or tribute of Jerry with his family.

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