Gerald “Jerry” Reott, 83, of Bermuda Run, N.C., died on June 13, 2021, while surrounded by his family after succumbing to a systemic infection. He was the youngest child of Ed and Helen Reott. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Andy Reott; two sisters, Betty and Jean; and two brothers, Don and Tom, his fraternal twin.
Jerry worked his way through college and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Kent State University in 1962. He was the first member of his family to graduate college.
During his studies, he met and married the love of his life, Gail, at Union Carbide in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was a lab assistant, and she was a secretary.
In 1968, Jerry joined the Curon Division of Reeves Brothers, which produced polyurethane foam in Cornelius, as Technical Manager. He was promoted to Vice President in 1975. Later Jerry worked for Foamex, Guilford Mills, and Collins & Aikman.
He was granted a U.S. Patent in 1989 for inventing a crease resistant laminate assembly for automobile upholstery.
Jerry was a good-hearted wisecracker who had a ready smile and a friendly laugh. He enjoyed making (and eating!) desserts, including the Reott family Christmas cookies (recipes passed down from his parents) and bunny cakes with his grandchildren at Easter. He was a great dancer, ardent whistler, and music lover. He sang in the Sunrise and Joyful Notes Choirs at Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church, where he was a member.
He and Gail lived on Lake Norman in Mooresville for 51 years where Jerry loved to garden and take care of his yard. They appreciated the creative arts and attended numerous musical and theater performances. Jerry was an avid camper, skier, golfer, and sailor.
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Gail H. Reott; daughter, Michelle “Shellie” Reott and partner Todd McKane; daughter, Lisa Nieters and husband John; and grandchildren Jack Nieters and Grace Nieters.
A celebration of his life will be held at Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church on Friday, July 30, at 1 p.m. Immediately following the service, the family will receive friends until 5 p.m. at the Heritage House event center at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home.
For those who are unable to attend the service, you may go to the following link for the live stream
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County or a charity of your choice.
The family would like to offer a special thanks to the staff of Trellis Supportive Care and caregivers, Regina, Geneva, Dominque, Sheila, Peaches, and Cassandra, for their loving care of Jerry.
Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Reott family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com.