In Memory

Jerry Eaton

Jerry Eaton

Jerry Eaton Feb 20, 1942 - Oct 7, 2020

Jerry Eaton, 78, of Lafayette passed away Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at Bickford Memory Care in Lafayette. He was born February 20, 1942 in Warsaw, IN, to the late Charles Eaton and Emma Lenora (Barnes) Eaton. He graduated from Manchester University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. He worked for Vocational Rehabilitation in Lafayette for 20 years. After retiring, he traveled the United States working as a bus driver for Imperial Travel. On August 20, 1967 he married Eleanor Brubaker in Liberty Mills, IN and she survives. Jerry was an avid enthusiast of steam trains. Growing up in Warsaw, IN, near a railroad track, engineers would give him rides as a young boy. He was also a builder of models; pine wood derby cars and model rockets. He was superintendent of rocketry for Tippecanoe County 4-H. Jerry was an eagle scout in high school. When his children were in high school, he officiated swim meets. Jerry was a member of the Lafayette Church of the Brethren. In his younger days, he enjoyed flying his two planes. Along with his wife, Eleanor, he is survived by his children: Eric Eaton of Speedway, Brandi Close of San Francisco, CA and Brad Eaton of Lafayette. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Donald Eaton. A Celebration of Life will be held December 27, 2020. In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions may be directed to the Lafayette Church of the Brethren. Share memories and condolences online at

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10/11/20 11:42 AM #1    

Douglas Gooch

Didn't receive a birthday wish from you this year and I was immediately worried. So sorry to hear this news. You were a good friend and always looked forward to sharing time with you at the reunions. Fly high friend!

10/12/20 10:33 AM #2    

Lana Pinkerton (Griswold)

So sorry to see that we lost another class mate/friend.  Jerry was always so nice to me.  My prayers go out to his family - God Bless !


10/12/20 11:08 AM #3    

Ernest (Richard) Beers

I remember Jerry.  Always had a smile. 


10/14/20 03:41 PM #4    

William (Bill) Hoover

Jerry and I used to walk to and from Junior High School together.  We were horrified to see a very elderly woman step out into the street and be hit by a car.  She was bleeding before she hit the street.  Help from police and an ambulance arrived incredibly fast.  I'm sure that sight was on his memory as it has been from mine for the rest of his life as it has been on mine.  On a winter occasion, I slipped on the ice and still had a smile on my face as my face hit the ice.  Jerry helped me up, I wan't hurt and we both laughed it off as a winter typical happenstance.  I talked to him by phone a few months ago and he seemed to be pleased with how his life had been and he liked his home on Lake Wawasee (sp.).  I'm shocked that he is no longer with us as he sounded so healthy and happy.  Sorry to see him go.  -Bill Hoover

10/14/20 04:22 PM #5    

Janet Gunter (Aldrin)

Ray and I send our deepest sympathy and prayers to his family.  


10/14/20 04:41 PM #6    

John Bilby

So sorry to hear about Jerry. Remember his smile. Prayers for his family.


10/15/20 11:20 AM #7    

Sally Webb (Amstutz)

Jerry, was such a kind, dear man with  great character and  warm smile.  He will be dearly missed by his classmates, family, and friends.  Deepest sympathy to his family.

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