Gerald Ray "Jerry" Hootman Jr., Coshocton, formerly of Newcomerstown (Isleta), was found dead at his Coshocton residence on Monday, March 22, 2010.

Jerry was born in Coshocton on March 1, 1950, and is survived by his mother, Eva M. Ford Hootman, Coshocton. He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald R. Hootman Sr., Newcomerstown, who died in 2004.

Jerry was a graduate of Coshocton High School, Class of 1968, and took courses at Ohio University, Zanesville campus. He was a retired employee of Express Packaging, Inc., (EPI), Newcomerstown, where he served as plant manager for a few years. Prior to this, he was employed with the Ridgewood school system as an intervention specialist for a few years. He was also employed at the former Shaw-Barton Company, Coshocton, for over 29 years and served as the graphics manager of the press room.

Jerry was involved in union-related issues and labor supporting systems as he served as the union shop steward and the workers' compensation representative.

He was a member of New Life Ministries, Coshocton, and was a volunteer with the church's food pantry for several years. Jerry enjoyed traveling, watching television, gardening, bicycling and cooking.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Cheryl L. Berger Hootman, Newcomerstown, whom he married Aug. 27, 2004. He also leaves six sons, Brad (Julie) Albertson and Andrew Hootman, all of Coshocton, Jeff (Alison) Smith of Chillicothe, Scott (Tabitha) Hootman and Thomas E. Hootman, all of Clark County, and Travis Hootman, a student at Ohio Dominican College, Columbus; step-daughter, Lori (Tony) Dallacheisa of Port Washington; and five grandchildren, Cortney and Dakota Albertson, Coshocton, Luke and Addison Smith, Chillicothe, and A. J. Hootman, Clark County; four sisters and three brothers, Susie K. (Rod) Worthington and Jan L. (Bill) Sayre, all of Newcomerstown, Barbara J. Hootman and Carol A. Hootman, both of Coshocton, and Steve (Melody) Hootman, E. Ray Hootman and Fred M. Hootman, all of Coshocton; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Graveside services and burial took place March 26, 2010, at the West Lawn Cemetery, Newcomerstown. Pastor Mark Granger officiated.

The Ourant Funeral Home of Newcomerstown was entrusted with arrangements.

The family is requesting that memorials be made in Jerry's name to the Food Pantry, New Life Ministries Church, 727 S. 7th St., Coshocton, OH 43812.