Jerry D. Kitchen, 87, of Rockford, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, December 19, 2021, at his home. He was born on November 23, 1934, in Mason City, Iowa, to the late Claire and Kathleen (Lindsey) Kitchen. Jerry was loved and will be deeply missed by his daughter, Jeri Lynn (Greg) Hickman; sons, Jim (Kim) Kitchen, John (Deanna) Kitchen, Matt (Marci) Kitchen; grandchildren, Kasey Kitchen, Jace Kitchen, Drew (Jaimi) Kitchen, Meagan (Val) Chapman, Addie Kitchen, Mattison Kitchen, Maci Kitchen, Marli Kitchen; great-grandchildren, Lizzie, Brentley, Elsie; brothers, Clyde (Janet) Kitchen, Grant (Lodie) Kitchen, Greg Eastman; sister, Karen Smotherman; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Claire and Kathleen; granddaughter, Kassidy Kitchen; and brother-in-law, Rick Smotherman. There will be a memorial service at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 15, 2021, at Belvidere Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Belvidere, Illinois. A visitation will begin at 10:00 A.M. until the time of service. Interment will take place in Belvidere Cemetery in Belvidere, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Boone County Animal Shelter.
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