James H. Gerkin
James H Gerkin was born on December 13, 1913 to Rollie Hershel Gerkin and Martha Ellen Moore in Orleans, Orange County, Indiana. He married Audrey Green on December 24, 1929 in Joilet, Illinois. They had three sons; Michael, Stephen and Gregory. He became a truck driver after trying several other occupations. He was employed for 30 years as a driver for Allied Van lines and traveling thru 48 of the 50 states. After his employment with Allied ended, he and his wife Audrey ran a restaurant and lounge called “The Topper” in Watseka, Illinois until they retired. It was after their retirement that Jim and Audrey got to visit the last two states. They went to Hawaii for their 50th Wedding Anniversary. One winter they decided to go visit family members who happened to live in warmer climates than Illinois. They went to Florida, Texas, Arizona and on to California. By the time they reached California, Jim decided that they might as well drive to Alaska so even though it was February, they did. Jim hopped ti reach his 100th Birthday. He died a little over three years short of it, on September 22, 2010.
|James Gerkin - 1963|
|James in 1985 in Hawaii|
|James in Alaska in 1986|
Jim was a gentle man with a quick wit, a big smile and was my father-in-law. Rest in Peace!