Jerome G. Garrels
Jerome Gilbert Garrels, 74, of Colorado Springs, Colo. passed away on Saturday evening, March 3, 2018 at home with his family around him. He was born to Gilbert and Eva (Garrett) Garrels of Diller on Oct. 20, 1943. He was baptized and confirmed in St. Paul's Lutheran Church at Diller. He served in the Navy from 1961 to 1964, serving as a torpedo man aboard the USS Power DD839, mainly in the Mediterranean Sea area. Upon return home, he worked for Lally Mfg. Co. of Fairbury and lived at the fire hall, where he started to really like being a volunteer fireman. In 1968, he moved to Colorado Springs and became a 26-year veteran of the Colorado Springs fire department. On March 20, 1970 he married Donna Krause in Colorado Springs. To this union, one daughter, Donell, was born. After retirement, he did handyman jobs for people along with a couple of other retired firefighters.
He is survived by his wife, Donna, of Colorado Springs; his daughter, Donell (Kevin) Miller; and his daughter, Dakota, of Calhan, Colo.; his sister, Sandra (Harold) Stelling; and his sister-in-law, Lorlea (Randy) Mees of Fairbury; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
There will be no services, per his request, as cremation has taken place. We are asking that no flowers be sent and instead that donations are made in his name to the International Firefighters Memorial. The link for the donations will be added as soon as we have received all the information from the International Association of Firefighters. Check www.cappadonafh.com for more information as it is updated.