Gerald “Jerry” Lee Delo

The family of Gerald “Jerry” Lee Delo regretfully announces the passing of their beloved husband, father, brother and uncle on February 26, 2019. Jerry, age 62, was an Erie, Pennsylvania native and a graduate of Westminster College. After graduation, he began his career at the Department of Labor, where he worked for nearly 40 years until his retirement as a deputy director in March 2018.

 Jerry loved spending time with his family and friends, often hosting parties and making time to attend celebrations of all kinds. He had a deep love of sports, and was a devoted Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech fan. He enjoyed the outdoors, finding a particular love for the majestic views of the Canadian and Colorado Rockies. With two of his best friends, he completed climbs of 30 of the Colorado 14ers. Recently, he found a new passion for travel with his wife Esther, making trips to Hawaii, Italy, Israel and India. Jerry had a quick and easy laugh and a sympathetic ear – he was a thoughtful friend to many, and he will be greatly missed.

 Jerry is survived by his loving wife Esther, cherished daughter Kristin (Dan and mother Ann), and treasured brothers Mike (Vicki) and Jeff (Donna), as well as aunt Betty, cousin Steve, nieces and nephew Christine (Kevin), Devin and Katie, and great-nephew and great-niece, Jason and Ava.  Jerry is also survived by parents-in-law Rev. Dr. Krishna and Tabitha, brothers-in-law John (Sonia), Charles and Sam, and nieces and nephew Charles, Sophie and Tabitha.  Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Jean Delo, his nephew Michael Delo, and brother-in-law Joshua Ajjarapu.

The family will be receiving friends at Advent Funeral Services in Falls Church, Va. on Friday, March 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Va. on Saturday, March 9 at 11:00 a.m., with interment immediately following at Columbia Gardens Cemetery, in Arlington, Va. Reception and celebration of Jerry’s life will be held afterward – his family encourages everyone to come to remember and celebrate him at Green Spring Gardens from 1 to 4 p.m.


Donations gratefully accepted in Jerry’s name to:


Michael Delo Scholarship Fund

Checks should be made payable to “Penn State,” with ‘Michael Delo Endowed Scholarship’ in memo section and sent to: Gina M. Catalano Confidential

Student Aid Coordinator Office of Student Aid 314 Shields Building

University Park, PA 16802


1631 West Summerdale Ave Chicago IL 60640

Checks payable to the same above name. In memo section—Jerry Delo Memorial wing,

10 Responses to Gerald “Jerry” Lee Delo

  1. Dee Barnes says:

    Dear Michael, Thank-You so much for writing such a beautiful commentary for your brother Jerry ❤️! You’re words are touching and true, he will be remembered always and dearly missed !

  2. Tony Michael says:

    Your family is in my prayers.

  3. Laurita Palmer says:

    My condolences and deepest sympathy. Jerry was a great guy and my life is better having known him. Heaven has indeed gained an angel…
    Rest well Jerry – you did your life’s work well.

  4. Ms. Myra Kingsland says:

    Jerry, while your passing was shocking to everyone, I know that you are going to a place where there will always be everlasting life and love. I have known you since 1978, where we both worked under the direction of Mr. Robert Lotz for the Black Lung Program.

    You have always been a gentle individual, very professional, and always poised, and that is the person I will always remember.

    My deepest condolences extends to all members of your family, and to your friends during this time of bereavement.

    You will be deeply missed!!

  5. Henry says:

    My deepest sympathy to the family. Miss ya Jer. Thanks for all that you’ve done for me, building my confidence at all times and just being kind and fun. I will have you in my thoughts for ever.

  6. Mary Ford says:

    I am an employee of the Black Lung program, and only knew Jerry for a short period of time . However, upon first meeting him during a staff meeting of introductions, I was taken aback by his friendly, down-to-earth personality including his interest in wanting to help make things better for DOL. He encouraged me to prove myself in every aspect of my job and always had a listening ear to whenever I needed to talk to him. Jerry inspired me to be the best of the best. I was sad when he left DOL; and when I learned of his death, I was devastated because I knew that he was happily retired and enjoying life and love to the fullest. Somethings, we will never understand, but as the saying goes: God knows best. Rest well Jerry, I will always cherish the memories of the positive impact you made on my view of my position with DOL. To the family: Please accept my condolences and prayers. To all of his friends As we mourn Jerry’s loss, let us pray for his family as they try to cope with their great loss in the days ahead.

  7. Jim Frison says:

    So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing and the family’s loss. Working with Jerry at DOL was always a pleasure. Whether being in meeting with him or just passing in the hallway, his smile and his friendly words always brightened my day. I think everyone who met him was better for having spent time with him.

  8. Vinicia McNeil Joyner says:

    To Jerry’s family – I had the pleasure of working with Jerry for a few years before his retirement. My memories of him are fond. My prayers for you are that you find comfort in remembering the time you shared and the memories you have made with him. May God continue to richly bless, keep and comfort you.

  9. Roxanna Perry says:

    To the family of Jerry Delo – My prayer is that God will comfort each of you during this time. I know you have wonderful memories of Jerry to hold on to. Anytime I had the opportunity to interact with Jerry at work, he was always a very pleasant and kind person. May God continue to overshadow you with His love and peace.

  10. Cecile Rose says:

    I was privileged to know Jerry in his role as Deputy Director at the DOL in the Black Lung program. Besides being a delightful, warm and supportive person, he built collaborations and got things done, often behind the scenes and without expectation of praise or credit. Jerry cared about miners and made important contributions to the recognition and prevention of Black Lung disease. He spoke fondly and happily of his wife Esther, daughter Kristin and close climbing friends. Condolences to all, and please know that his memory and legacy will live on for many people.

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