Jerry Wayne Watson passed away on Monday, January 18, 2021 at Riverview Nursing Home.
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Jerry was born on April 13, 1937 in Moberly, Missouri, to the late Travis P. and Oma Gertrude (Sword) Watson. On June 3, 1962 he married Ruth Marie Wilmsmeyer at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in New Franklin, Missouri.
He attended school in Harrisburg and Boonville, Missouri. He graduated from Boonville High School in 1955 and from Central Methodist College in Fayette with a BS degree in Social Studies in 1959. He received his Master’s Degree in Elementary and Secondary Education from the University of Missouri in 1964.
He was employed as a Social Studies teacher with the Jefferson City school district from 1959 until 1968. He then was employed by the Missouri Department of Education as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor from 1968 until his retirement in October 1996.
He was a longtime member of the Central United Church of Christ and a member of the Prime Time Club at the church. Jerry was also a life time member of the Boonville High School Alumni Association.
Survivors include: his wife, Ruth of the home; daughter, Janet Baker (Russell) of Holts Summit Mo., son, Michael Watson (Kate) of Ashland Mo; grandson, Derek Baker of Holts Summit Mo; granddaughter, Amanda Baker of Columbia Mo; several sister and brother-in-laws; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, brother and sister-in-law, Duane and Mary Watson, and several other sister and brother-in-laws.
Private graveside services will be held at Riverview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Central United Church of Christ or the Alzheimer's Association.