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Jerry Tharp

August 14, 1961 — July 12, 2006

Jerry Tharp

Petty Officer 1st Class Jerry Allen Tharp, age 44, of Aledo, Illinois died Wednesday, July 12, 2006 as a result of enemy action when his dismounted patrol was struck by an improvised explosive device while operating in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. Jerry will be buried with Full Military Honors. The funeral service is 2:30 p.m., Saturday, July 22 at Bethel Baptist Church, 1196 N. Academy Street, Galesburg, Illinois. Burial is in Greenmound Cemetery, Keithsburg, Illinois. Visitation is 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 21, 2006 at First Christian Church, Keithsburg. Dennison Funeral Home - Aledo is handling arrangements. The family request, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to the Jerry Tharp Memorial Fund. Jerry was born August 14, 1961 in Muscatine, Iowa, the son of Lyle H. and Donna L. (Matthews) Tharp. After being together for 16 years, he recently married Gayle (Christie) Pritchett on December 31, 2005 at their home. He was an Operating Engineer out of the Local 150. He was working the last six years for Williams Brothers Construction, Peoria, up until his deployment to Iraq in January 2006. Jerry had over 18 years in the military. He enlisted in the Army in 1978. He then served in both the Army Reserves and Navy Reserves. His tour in Iraq was with the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25 out of Rock Island. Jerry was proud to serve his country and proud of his military career. He believed he had to do whatever he had to do to keep his family safe and out of harms way. He was a Hero to his entire family. Jerry had many interest. He enjoyed going to the cabin, hunting, fishing, camping and scuba diving. He is survived by his wife, Gayle Tharp, Aledo, IL; 2 Step Daughters, Carrie and Joey Ham, Keithsburg, IL and Heather Pritchett and Jay Townsend, Keithsburg, IL; 4 Grandchildren, Tristan Ham, Parker Townsend, Trace Ham and Paige Townsend; his mother, Donna Tharp, Aledo, IL; 2 Sisters, Linda and Dan Artus, Reynolds, IL and Karen Louck and Mike Grissom, Aledo, IL; 3 Brothers, Lyle "Ed" and Julie Tharp, Seaton, IL, Rick and Gillian Tharp, Seaton, IL and John and Cathy Tharp, Green Cove Springs, FL, and several nieces and nephews. Jerry was preceded in death by his father, Lyle Tharp in 1990 and his grandparents, Kenneth and Eva Tharp.


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