Gerald Lawver, 77

AUG. 13, 1934-SEPT. 21, 2011

September 21, 2011
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Gerald "Jerry" Lawver, USMC, Ret., 77, of Boonsboro, Md., and formerly of Barnesboro, Pa., passed from this life on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at his home.

Born Aug. 13, 1934, in Park Falls, Wis., he was the son of the late James and Mary (Loehner) Lawver.

Jerry was a 1953 graduate of Portage High School in Portage, Wis.

He provided distinguished and honorable service for over 20 years to the United States Marine Corps. He retired with the rank of gunnery sergeant after two tours in the Vietnam War.

Jerry worked as an insurance agent with American General Life and Accident Insurance Company for 20 years.

He was a member of the St. James Catholic Church in Boonsboro, where he served as a eucharistic minister, and was formerly a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church in Barnesboro.

Jerry was the past commander of American Legion Post 508 and was also a member of the Marine Corps League, both in Barnesboro.


He was a devout Catholic and loved woodworking. He will be fondly remembered as an avid Jeff Gordon NASCAR fan and a Green Bay Packer fan.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Coralie A. (Ulrich) Lawver; his son, Denny J. Lawver and wife, Renee, of Stevens, Pa.; his daughter, Michele D. Florian of Boonsboro; one sister, Carole Bigelow of Daytona, Fla.; three sisters-in-law, Dolores Wagner of Indiana, Pa., Marsha Contrucci of North Carolina and Ginny Ulrich of Upland, Calif.; one brother-in-law, Barry Ulrich of Wadsworth, Ohio; and five grandchildren, Nicholas and Jesse Conner, and Michael, Kathleen and Matthew Lawver. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Frances June Campbell; his brother, Robert Lawver; his brothers-in-law, John "Junie" Wagner, Robert Bigelow, Donald Ulrich, Lawrence Contrucci and Philip Ulrich; and his son-in-law, Stephen Florian.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at the Bast-Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro. Immediately following, a Mass of Christian burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church, 121 N. Main St., Boonsboro. The Rev. John J. Jicha will officiate. Final resting place ceremonies will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Keedysville, Md., with military honors rendered by the Marine Corps League and Amvets Post 10 of Hagerstown.

Expressions of sympathy may be offered to the family at

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