Obituary: Gerald 'Jerry' William Tobias, 86, of Hannibal

Jerry Tobias
Posted: Jul. 22, 2019 6:52 pm

Gerald "Jerry" William Tobias, 86, of Hannibal, passed away at 7:15 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019, at his home. 

Memorial services will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2019, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal.  Rev. Wes Tischer will officiate. 

Friends and family are invited to Jerry's Life Celebration at a visitation that will be from 4 p.m. until the time of service Thursday at the funeral home. 

Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2019, at Grand View Burial Park. Full military honors will be conducted by Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post No. 55.

Jerry was born May 13, 1933, in Pike County, Ill., to George W. and Dorothy Bell Chaplin Tobias.

He was married to Elizabeth Estell Cole on Feb. 8, 1954, in Bell, Texas. She preceded him in death March 20, 2015.

Jerry will be missed and lovingly remembered by his daughter, Patty Robertson (Gene) of Hannibal ; four grand-daughters, Jeri Schoemehl (John) of Columbia, Trish Franke (Rick) of Hannibal, Jill Bailey (Brant) of Hannibal and Kayla Boyet (Matthew) of Columbus, Ohio; nine great-grandchildren, Analiese Franke, Ava Franke, Alina Franke, Cale Franke, Madelynn Scheomehl, Cooper Schoemehl, Sloane Bailey, Ryan Boyet and Luke Boyet.

Jerry was preceded in death by one daughter, Donna Marine; and 10 brothers and sisters.

Professionally, Jerry was the owner and proprietor of Tobias Timber Company.

Jerry was a NASCAR fan, especially Rusty Wallace.  e also owned his own Sprint Cars. Fishing for crappie, carp, catfish and anything else he could catch, was something Jerry could often be found doing in his spare time. Jerry was an avid sports fan, especially MU Tiger Football, St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams before they left the area. Jerry loved to watch old westerns on television, especially "Gunsmoke" and daily watched "Days of Our Lives" and "Blue Bloods." He also enjoyed watching "90210," "Melrose Place" and "The Mystery of Oak Island" with his granddaughters. Playing card games like 13 Point Pitch with family and friends was a favorite of Jerry's. Most of all, Jerry loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. 

Jerry proudly served his country during the Korean War in the United States Army.

Jerry was baptized at the Southside Baptist Church in Hannibal. 

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association and to the donor's choice.

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