Girard Reuel Jetton

1924 - 2012

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Girard Reuel Jetton, Jr., of Findlay, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at the Saline Evangelical Home, Saline, MI. Never a more erudite, entertaining, and engaging man, Girard Reuel Jetton, Jr. died at age 88 after a long struggle with dementia. Girard will be missed by all who knew him. From the law community at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington DC, to members of the Findlay Skeet Club in Ohio, Girard, who was also known as "Jerry", made many fast, diverse, and long-standing friends. The only child of Girard and Hallie Grimes Jetton, Girard Jr. was born February 19, 1924 in Washington DC. He earned a law degree from Harvard University, preceded by two undergraduate degrees in economics and engineering from George Washington University. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1948, Girard married Mera Veleda Munn Riddell who would become his lifelong partner until she succumbed to complications from Alzheimer's disease a few months shy of their 50th wedding anniversary. Girard and Mera leave behind three children, Mera (Peter) Kohler, Robert, James Thomas (Gigi) and seven grandchildren: Hallie, Connor, Paul, Amelia, Tess, Tommy, and Sofia. A fast study and a quick wit, Girard was one of those kids who memorized the Latin species names for animals when he and friends rode their bikes through the National Zoo. Later in life, his love of learning served him well as his corporate travels carried him to all corners of the globe. Girard began his career as an attorney in the chief counsel's office of the Internal Revenue Service before he became special assistant to the attorney general in the tax division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Girard practiced law at a private firm in Washington, D.C until 1960 when he joined Marathon Oil Company. Starting as a tax attorney, he rose through the ranks to become Marathon's Corporate Secretary, retiring after 25 years in 1985. Girard was also known for his kind spirit and generosity. Active with a number of charitable and volunteer organizations for many years, he served as president of the Board of Trustees of the Blanchard Valley Hospital Association in Findlay Ohio. He became a trustee of Hancock County United Way and in 1972 led the fundraising drive for its Budget and Admissions Committee. Girard served on the board of directors for the Hancock Recreation Center, and devoted his time as a member of the Vestry of Trinity Episcopal Church. Girard's love of learning followed him into retirement. He was named the 1998-1999 Dana Chair at the University of Findlay where he served as a guest lecturer in business classes. Girard enjoyed shooting skeet in Findlay and duck hunting on Maryland's eastern shore with his sons and son-in-law. He loved sailing and boating, and spent many summer weekends with his family at their cottage on Torch Lake in northern Michigan. Visitation will be held Friday 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home in Findlay. A memorial service will take place Saturday at 11 am at Trinity Episcopal Church followed by burial in Maple Grove Cemetery and a fellowship luncheon at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Bridge Home Health and Hospice, 15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay, OH. 45840. Online condolences may be made via

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Friday, October 12th 2012 2:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Saturday, October 13th 2012 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    Trinity Episcopal Church [Map]
    128 West Hardin Street
    Findlay, Ohio

  • Final Resting Place:

    Maple Grove Cemetery [Map]
    1120 W Main Cross St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Contributions:

    Bridge Home Health & Hospice - Quellhorst
    15100 Birchaven Lane
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : The Family of Girard Jetton
Date :Wednesday, October 10th 2012
From : Jean Setser
I met Mr Jetton while employed at the Findlay Country Club He was always smiling and upbeat I loved how he remembered everyone and treated us with the utmost respect I am so sorry for your loss of this dear man He will be missed by many and he has touched all of us Remember that while he is not here in body he remains with us all in spirit since we carry fond memories of him We will all meet again in heaven You are all in my prayers Sincerely Jean Setser

To : Girard's family
Date :Thursday, October 18th 2012
From : Sarah House
What a wonderful and gifted man Girard served on the board of trustees for the Senior Center when I was the director in the late 90's Girard and I shared a love of Christmas music all year longHe touched my heart and I will never forget his loyalty and dedication to others He spoke fondly of his family on many occasions You are blessed to have had such a loving father Peace and sympathy to you all

To : The Jetton Family
Date :Wednesday, October 17th 2012
From : Samantha
I am sorry to read of your loss Just remember what the Bible holds out for our loved ones at John 5 28 29 when the resurrection will happen and we will see our loved ones again Also as Jesus described at John 11 11-14 they are just sleeping in death until this time comes If you have any questions on this please email me at comfort4usoongmailcom

To : The Family of Girard Jerry Jetton
Date :Tuesday, October 16th 2012
From : Tara Thompson
I met Jerry when I worked at the West End Tavern He would come in to have coffee in the morning with my boss Larry Hershey I was the haed cook there for ten years He was so nice and friendly Always talked about his family and his visits to traverse city I think he even gave me legal advice onceI remember when the family moved him to Mich Such a neat man He will be missed

To : The Jetton Family
Date :Saturday, October 13th 2012
From : Beth Heydinger Treadway
My dad Ed Heydinger who died a year ago was the head of the Economics Dept at Marathon and reported to Gerry I am sure that he would want me to pass on my condolences to you He thought Gerry was a smart intellectually challenging and fair boss I met Gerry on a number of occasions and I thought you captured his essence beautifully in the obituary My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time Beth Heydinger Treadway

To : Mera Bobbie and Tom
Date :Saturday, October 13th 2012
From : Chuck Peggy Lyon
Peggy and I have so many wonderful memories of your Mom and Dad as well as you three kids you will always be kids to us We often remarked about those memories as we passed by your old home on Orchard Lane Especially the Block Partys we would have in the summerMay God be with you and sustain you and cherish those memories of two wonderful parents and friends for us