Jerry Lee Choate, 63, of Brazil, Indiana passed away unexpectedly Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, at 7:03 p.m. at Community Hospital North in Indianapolis.
He was born March 15, 1954, in Bowling Green, the son of Leon Choate and Dora Vernell Shirley Choate Cooper.
He graduated from Glasgow High School, class of 1972 and then continued his education at Bowling Green Area Vocational and Technical School, graduating in 1974 with an associate's degree in HVAC. As a young man, Jerry worked for family at Shirley Furniture store in delivery and then later in service and repair. That time launched his interest in HVAC. He moved to the Brazil area and was employed with Great Dane, first in the main plant, and then later in the reefer truck expansion. He worked at Great Dane for more than 17 years and later at City Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning in Terre Haute for several years, doing HVAC installations, estimates and sales. He last worked for DFAS, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, in Indianapolis as a civilian payroll technician.
Jerry and Jan Salitros Choate, were united in marriage on July 2, 1977. Together, they raised their daughter, Jayme, in Clay County. They enjoyed traveling by motorcycle, boating and camping. For several years, Jerry hosted a group of friends at their home where he had an outdoor shooting range. He enjoyed researching what was needed for any project and made sure everything was done to perfection. He spent hours working with his technology gadgets at home and was very accomplished at figuring out problems to complete a task. He also loved his Schnauzers, Livee and Mae, who spent time with him watching movies.
Survivors include his wife, Jan; and daughter, Jayme Rudisel, and husband, Tim, all of Brazil; grandchildren, Eli Joseph Rudisel and Eislee Mae Rudisel; and extended family in Indiana and Kentucky.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon Choate; and mother, Nell Choate Cooper; and mother and father-in-law, Oletta McQueen Salitros and Philip Salitros.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday at Lawson-Miller Chapel. Private family services will be held at a later time. Donations may be made to the charity of choice.
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Published on November 29, 2017