Jerome “Jerry” Whalen, age 79, of Limestone passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at his home. He was born April 19, 1941 in Chicago, the son of Edwin T. & Theresa (Debish) Whalen. Jerry married Diane Menozzi on November 7, 1970 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in South Wilmington. 

Jerry retired from General Telephone of Illinois after 31 years. After retirement, Jerry worked at Super K-MART until it closed. He served as a volunteer firefighter for Limestone Township Fire Protection District for 49 years. He was part of 4 generations of family serving the Limestone area with the Fire Department. Jerry was a Ham Radio operator and was a member of the Argonne Club Radio Society, the Kankakee Area Radio Society (KARS), and the Campfire Camping Club. 

He was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church in Goodrich. 

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Diane Whalen of Limestone; two sons and two daughters-in-law, Mike & Jill Whalen of Limestone and Brian & Pebbles Whalen of Shavertown, PA; three grandchildren, Luke Whalen, Chloe Whalen, and Casey Whalen; one sister-in-law, Marianne Whalen-Heinzl of Bourbonnais; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jerry is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Patrick Whalen. 

Visitation was held from 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 6, 2020 at Sacred Heart Church in Goodrich. Rev. Ron Neitzke celebrated the Mass. Per CDC guidelines, masks and social distancing are recommended. 

Burial followed at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Goodrich. 

Memorials may be made to the Limestone Township Fire Department or the Salina Township Fire Department. 

Arrangements by Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais.