Gerald DeMann | Obituary | Record Eagle

January 29, 1954 – –
April 26, 2021

Our family unexpectedly lost our dear husband, father, brother, dad and uncle Gerald “Jerry” DeMann on April 26th, 2021.
The loss of Jerry leaves a huge hole in our lives and hearts. He was a friend to many. He gave us strength, compassion and kindness. He was easy to talk to and would make you laugh at his many stories. He brought out the best in everyone.
Jerry was born in Detroit on January 29, 1954. The family then moved to New York and returned to Michigan in 1969. In 1972 he graduated from Troy High School and attended Oakland Community College. In 1978 he moved to Elk Rapids and in October 1981 married the love of his life, Robin DeMann (Gotts).
He proudly served in the Army Reserve and then in the Coast Guard Reserve for a combined military career of more than 26 years. He retired from military service as Chief Port Security Specialist in 2008.
Jerry spent 18 years at the Grand Traverse Resort before moving into the equipment rental industry. Over the past 10 years he has enjoyed working with many good friends and clients at MacAllister Rentals in Traverse City.
He loved music and played guitar and piano. Jerry was also very fond of art and illustration and left us lots of watercolor paintings and pen drawings. His talents were passed on to his children and grandchildren.
Jerry was a founding member of the New Hope Community Church. His own relationship with the Lord brought many others into personal relationships with Jesus. We know he is with his Savior now and we will see him again. Heaven has won an amazing soul.
He is survived by his wife Robin; his son Jeremy DeMann; his daughter Chelsie Toteff (DeMann) and her husband Chad Toteff; his grandchildren Jake DeMann, Trace Toteff and Isla Toteff; his mother Dolly DeMann; his sister Sherri Puente and her husband German Puente; his father-in-law Richard Gotts; Brother-in-law of Rick Gotts; Sister-in-law Holly Winter (Gotts) and her husband Larry Winter; his nephews Michael Thompson and Nick Thompson; his niece Ashley Thompson; his aunt Jan Murrie and his cousins ​​Jeff Murrie, Cindy Twork, Grant and Ava Lorenz and their children.
We will celebrate his life on Wednesday May 12th, 2021 at New Hope Community Church in Williamsburg. The family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. until the service at 12:30 p.m.
Beacon Cremation & Funeral Service, Covell-Elk Rapids Chapel, is responsible for the organization. Please visit

Published on April 29, 2021

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