Jerry M. Quinlan, 89, of Findlay, passed away on November 16, 2020 in care of Hospice at Blanchard Valley Hospital. He was born on February 15, 1931 to John and Bernice (Browneller) Quinlan of Findlay. He married Jean Keckley on February 10, 1952, and they enjoyed 65 years of marriage until she preceded him in death on July 8, 2017. Also preceding him in death are his parents, sister Betty K. "Bea" Quinlan and brother James L. Quinlan. Surviving are his children Bonnie (Joseph) Orians of Findlay, Barbara (Thomas) Phillips of Findlay, and Michael (Cathy) Quinlan of Rawson; and grandchildren: Adam Orians of Findlay, Matthew (Chelsea) Phillips of Columbus, OH, Abigail Phillips of Columbus, OH, Jonathan Quinlan of Charlotte, NC, and Caitlin Quinlan, of Rawson. Also surviving is his sister-in-law, Harriet Quinlan of Findlay.
Jerry was a 1948 graduate of Findlay High School and was employed by The Ohio Oil Company and Marathon Oil Company, retiring in 1986 as Wholesale Credit Manager after 37 years of service. He served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force stationed in Japan during the Korean War and was thrilled to be escorted by his son on The Flag City Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in 2017.
Jerry was an avid golfer, having learned the game from his childhood next-door neighbor Peggy Kirk Bell. He enjoyed a lifetime affiliation with The Findlay Country Club as a caddy in his youth, and as a member for more than 40 years. He was a talented bowler, bowling in several weekly Marathon leagues, as well as competing in many national American Bowling Congress events, and bowled a 299 game once in his career.
Jerry cherished the many years supervising Litter Control for The Masters at Augusta National, The Memorial at Muirfield, and The International professional golf tournaments as well as several Ryder Cup and US Open events. Jerry was co-founder of The Findlay Area Golf Association (FAGA) promoting youth golf, and ran the weekly tournaments for many years alongside his wife Jean. He also created The Trojan Invitational, a golf tournament hosted by Findlay High School. Jerry prided himself as a master statistician and historian, as he enjoyed keeping records and stats for sporting events including ORF Golf League at Findlay Country Club, FHS Class of 1948 reunions and for his daily "Noonday Gin" card games at the Elks and Moose Lodges.
Jerry enjoyed cheering on his beloved Cleveland Indians and Ohio State Buckeyes and spent many hours attending the sports and activities involving his five grandchildren. Jerry loved being around people, whether family, friends or strangers. He always had a "long story short" for everyone he met.
A private graveside service with military honors and burial will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring of 2021. Contributions in Jerry's memory may be made to Findlay Area Golf Association, attn: Betsy Hackworth,15030 Flag City Drive, Findlay, Ohio 45840, or Flag City Honor Flight, P.O. Box 885 Findlay, Ohio 45840.
Arrangements are being handled by Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home.