Jerry Burlison


GALATIA, IL – Jerry Dale Burlison, 56, lost a courageous 24-year battle with brain cancer on January 30, 2020 at Linda White Hospice Home in Evansville, IN. Jerry was born February 10, 1963, in Kankakee, IL the son of Don and Sue (Fowler) Burlison.
Jerry was a 1981 graduate of Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School where he was a stand-out baseball player. He was a proud US Army veteran, serving in A-company 1st/37th Armor Division as a tank systems maintenance specialist from 1981 to 1984. He was stationed in Germany for two years and then Fort Knox, KY where he qualified as an Expert Marksman and spent his free time on the rifle range. Jerry made his career in sales. He represented companies for industrial tools, food service supplies and autos for many years in the Quincy, IL area.
An avid outdoorsman, Jerry hunted for many years in Western Illinois and Missouri and made several hunting trips to the Rocky Mountains and the Southwest. But his favorite hunting and fishing spot “home” was the Burlison family farm near Galatia in Southern Illinois. He had a passion for firearms, teaching himself to build and customize hundreds of guns and hand-loaded ammunition. Jerry loved to watch professional baseball and football. His favorite sport of all was auto racing, traveling across the country to attend Indy Car and F1 races with his brother Jeff.
Surviving are his father Don Burlison (Judy Hunter), mother Sue Fowler, sister Jackie Burlison, daughter Molli Basham (Justin), grandsons Kase, Hutton and Bextyn all of Galatia, brother Jeff (Orlene) Burlison, nieces Emily Burlison, Sara (Rob) Bogard, Katelynn Bogard, nephew Eric (Brooke) Burlison, Carter Burlison, niece Leah Burlison all of Brownsburg, IN, nephew Ethan Burlison of Cissna Park, IL and special friend Kelly Rantz of Galatia.
Funeral services will be Monday February 3 at 11:00 A.M. at Sloan Funeral Home in Galatia with visitation Monday from 10:00 A.M. till funeral hour. Rev. Kenny Stevens will officiate burial with military honors in the Ebenezer Cemetery, Galatia.
Memorials to the Linda E. White Hospice House Evansville Indiana or to the Ebenezer Cemetery


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