Portage County obituaries for Aug. 23-24

Jerry L. Cross

Jerry L. Cross, a long-time resident of Ravenna and a current resident of Highland Hts, Ohio, passed on to His Kingdom on August 24, 2023.

He was born in Akron, Ohio on August 19, 1941, and just celebrated his 82nd birthday with family and friends. Upon graduation from high school, he worked for the City of Ravenna and later earning his water treatment licenses became the Water Treatment Supervisor for the City of Kent and later Kent’s Utility Production Manager.

Retirement came early in his life and he then became an auctioneer and realtor, an occupation that he enjoyed immensely for 33 years throughout Portage and Summit counties. His was a very outgoing personality and he especially delighted in doing charity auctions for various churches, schools and non-profits.

Jerry spent many hours caring for his horses or ponies, (Haflingers were his favorites), driving them in parades and giving the grandkids rides. Additionally he looked forward to his visits with his many Amish friends in Middlefield.

Jerry was a long-time member of the Ravenna United Methodist Church and served the church as an usher for many years and gave his time in many different capacities.

Surviving is his wife of 62 years, Mary Jo (Dunlavy) Cross, as well as children: Kimberly (Herb) Nicolo, Jamie Cross, Tammy (Dan) Smith and Wendy Ley. Also surviving are grandchildren TJ, Greg, Tarah, Benjamin, Andrew, Caleb, Michaela, Darby, Josiah, Kylee, Saxten, Alaina and Claire, along with seven great-grandchildren.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings Ralph Cross, Donald Cross and Ruth Green.

Friends will be received on Sunday, August 27, 2023, at the Ravenna First United Methodist Church, 263 S. Prospect St., Ravenna, Oh. from 2pm until the funeral service, officiated by Pastor Kathy Dickriede, beginning at 4pm.

Donations to the National Parkinson’s Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

Jerry’s family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to all of the caregivers that so kindly assisted Jerry and ourselves.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.wood-kortright-borkoski.com

Ronald D. Bailey

Ronald Daniel Bailey 85, from Brimfield, Ohio passed away after a short battle with cancer on August 17, 2023 at Summa Health in Akron, Ohio.

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Derek Scott Damron

Derek Scott Damron passed away Tuesday, August 22, 2023 at University Hospital’s Cleveland Medical Center, following a brief illness this summer. He was born in Miami, FL on June 4, 1960.

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Jesse Andrew Mesaros

Jesse A. Mesaros, 23, of Deerfield, passed away Sunday, August 13, 2023, while at work in North Carolina. He was born January 31, 2000 in Ravenna, Ohio to Karl R. and Tammi L. (Cunningham) Mesaros.

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Barbara J (Bresky) Sorkin

March 11, 1942 ~ August 21, 2023 (age 81)

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Ronald J. Simsa, Sr.

Ronald J. Simsa, Sr., 84, of Hiram Twp., passed away Monday, August 21, 2023. He was born May 1, 1939, in Cleveland, to the late Frank and Mary (Senold) Simsa.

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Donald Lester

Ray Lester, age 66 of Mantua, passed away peacefully at his home, Monday, August 21, 2023. Born in East Cleveland on August 7, 1957 to the late Donald Bane and Viola (nee Bailey) Lester.

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Donald Lee Cooper

Donald (Don) Lee Cooper, 88, of Mogadore, passed away on August 21, 2023 surrounded by his loving family. Don was born on November 24, 1934 in Gallipolis, OH to the late Clayton Edwin Cooper and Geraldine (Pickens) Cooper.

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Larry A. Kolb

Larry A. Kolb, 76, died August 23, 2023.

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Foster (Buzz) G. Cunningham, II

Foster (Buzz) G. Cunningham, II, 77, passed away Thursday, August 17, 2023.

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