He was surrounded by his family when he passed away at his mother's home on Aug. 27, 2007, at 4:15 a.m.
He was born Sept. 24, 1946, in Clay County, and was the son of George and Agnes Buchholz.
He was a 1966 graduate of Brazil High School. During the Vietnam War, he served in the U.S. Army, being honorably discharged in 1968.
After returning to Brazil, he was employed by Marion Brick Corporation and Great Dane Trailers until moving to Florida in 2005. He was employed by MFM Mining Company in Ocala, Fla., until becoming ill in November 2006.
He is survived by his mother, Agnes Buchholz, Brazil; four children, son Jeffrey Buchholz, Reelsville, daughter Janna Beth Rhodes, Brazil, son Jason Ray, Mississippi, and daughter Jana Marie Grigsby, Brazil; grandchildren Heather, Ciarra, Sabrina, Chloe, Hannah, Kaden, and Kersten; a brother and sister-in-law, Steven and Sue Ellen Buchholz; a sister and brother-in-law Patty and Jim Dulin, all of Brazil; companion Amy Powell, Florida, and a large extended family.
He was preceded in death by his father, George Buchholz, in 1985, and an infant brother, Ronald, in 1952.
He was a past member of the American Legion Post No. 2 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 1127. Jerry loved stock car races and enjoyed NASCAR especially. He was a devoted fan of the Earnhardts. He took great joy in he and his brother's rivalry over their favorite drivers.
Funeral service with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at French Funeral Home, Brazil, with burial to follow at Clearview Cemetery.
Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m.
Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Cancer Society or Veterans of Foreign War Post No. 1127 Relief Fund in his memory for the excellent care he received during his illness from the Veterans Administration.
Envelopes will be made available at the funeral home.
To light a candle in his memory, log on to www.frenchfuneralhome.com.