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Obituary of Gerald L. Gailor

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Gerald “Jerry” Gailor, 77, of Cortland, NY passed away at home on Sunday December 31, 2023 after a 5-
year battle with cancer. He was born on February 21, 1946, the son of the late Robert W. and Arlene
Dellow Gailor.


Jerry was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved
hunting, fishing, and boating. Jerry took great pride serving his country in the United States Navy during
the Vietnam Era, from 1966-1971. During his time in the Navy, Jerry worked in Aviation Fire Control
aboard aircraft carriers. He was a dedicated member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 377.
In 2009 — 40 years after Jerry served — his squadron (VA 86) started biannual reunions at different
cities along the East coast of the U.S. Jerry was fortunate to attend all of those up until 2021. He was
also a member of the American Legion.

Jerry’s family would like to thank Dr. DiGiovanna, the many physicians and staff in the Upstate System,
Guthrie physical therapy, and most recently all the wonderful staff at Hospicare.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife of almost 55 years, Jacquelyn “Jackie” Gailor, his sons Daniel (Beth)
Gailor and Donald (Jennifer Rehberg) Gailor, his sisters-in-law Donna Gailor and Carole (Paul Wittjung)
Hayes Collier, his grandchildren Séamus Gailor, Nicholas (Kaitlyn) Rehberg, Logan Rehberg, Alexander
Rehberg, and his many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was predeceased by his brother, Robert W. Gailor, Jr.

Calling hours will be held on Friday January 12, 2024 from 4–6pm at the Wright-Beard Funeral Home, 9
Lincoln Ave., Cortland, NY. A memorial service will be held Saturday January 13, 2024 at 10am, at the
funeral home. To stream the memorial service, visit Gerald’s obituary online, and click the “Live Funeral
Stream,” tab.

Donations can be made to Hospicare of Ithaca, 172 East King Rd., Ithaca, NY, Upstate Foundation, www.upstatefoundation.org, or the Cortland Renzi Cancer Center, 34 West Main St., Cortland, NY. or charity of choice.

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