Jerry Dunlap

Born: Mon., Oct. 28, 1946
Died: Fri., May 30, 2008

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LOVED AND LIVED LIFE TO THE FULLEST

Jerry Dunlap age 61 of Ashland, died May 30,2008 at the Cleveland Clinic.
Born on October 28, 1946 the son of James and Agnes (Elek) Dunlap he was an Ashland resident most of his life.
Mr. Dunlap was the co-founder of Camp Nuhop and employed as a guidance counselor at the Loudonville High School. He had previously been a guidance counselor at the Ashland High School for twenty five years. Prior to his employment at the Ashland High School he was employed as a teacher at the Ashland Middle School for five years.
On July 26, 1969 Mr. Dunlap was married to Terrie Melvin.
Mr. Dunlap is survived by his wife Terrie of Ashland, two sons and daughters in law and one daughter and son in law also survive. Tyler (Leanne) Dunlap of Perrysburg Ohio, Trevor (Sarah) Dunlap of Wooster and Tara (Mike) McKernan of Bar Harbor Maine. Six grandchildren, one twin brother and sister in law, Jesse (Linda) Dunlap of York Pa., and one sister and brother in law, Bonnie (Paul) Goins of Elyria Ohio also survive.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
Mr. Dunlap was a 1968 graduate of the Ashland College, he received his masters degree from The Ohio State University. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church where he was a past church council member, Outreach committee member and a member of the Men's Chorus.
Mr. Dunlap was a twenty-five year member of the National Ski Patrol. He was a dedicated member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity were he was house corporation President for thirty years.
Other memberships include Appleseed Mental Health Board, founder of the Ashland County Emergency Response Team, Ashland Elks 1360 and a former Lions member.
A celebration of life service will be at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 508 Center Street, Ashland, Ohio on Tuesday June 3, 2008 at 5:30 p.m. with Pastor Sanford Mitchell and Pastor Tyler Dunlap officiating. There will be a dinner following the service. Friends may visit with the family on Monday June 2, 2008 from 4-8 p.m. in Jack's Place at Trinity Lutheran Church.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Mr. Dunlap's name to Camp Nuhop, 404 Hillcrest Ave, Ashland Ohio 44805.

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John Dorwart
   Posted Sat May 31, 2008
Jerry Dunlap was my guidance counselor when I attended Ashland High School in the mid-70s. He will always be in my heart and mind.

John Dorwart

Melody Howe Goff
   Posted Sat May 31, 2008
My heart goes out to the Dunlap family. I was shocked to read of my favorite AHS Guidance Counselor had passed away. Jerry will be sorely missed but always remembered in our hearts, forever!...Jerry was witty, a blast to be around with & loved what enjoyed most, caring for others...God be w/you...

Melody Howe Goff
   Posted Sat May 31, 2008
On behalf of AHS Class of 1976, May beautiful memories give you strength at this difficult time...Jerry was a great Biology Teacher and Guidance Counselor...His heart of gold touched many of us where we were concerned as his students...We will miss you!

EPA Region Ski Patrol
   Posted Sun June 01, 2008
On behalf of the EPA Region Ski Patrol, we wish to offer our condolences. May Jerry continue to patrol the heavens above. He will be missed.

Christy (Madden) Goss
   Posted Sun June 01, 2008
To all the Dunlaps, I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Dunlap was a wonderful man and you guys were wonderful neighbors! I love you all and my prayers are with you all in this time.

Dorothy Ann & Gordon Sheldon
   Posted Sun June 01, 2008
Terri and family,

Thinking of you in your hour of sorrow and extending heartfelt sympathy.

Sincerely,
Dorothy Ann & Gordon

Don Schriver
   Posted Sun June 01, 2008

Diana Downie-Bristow
   Posted Sun June 01, 2008
Our hearts go out to the entire Dunlap family. Jerry was a great man who left a legacy of kindness and love behind. Jerry touched so many during his life. I know he touch our family through great times as well as our loss. He will be missed dearly by all of us.
Much love to you all!!
Mike and Diana Bristow


"May your songs of the winds and clouds sweep the pain and sadness out of my friends' hearts; as they hear those songs, let them know the spirits who are with those songs are at peace."

Susan (Kaminski) Faja
   Posted Sun June 01, 2008
Jerry inspired me to pursue a career working with special needs children after hiring me to work at Camp Nuhop when I was in high school. I'm sending my sympathy to the whole family and know that Jerry will live on through the lives he's touched and the positive changes he made in them through his compassion and vision.

Judi Fuller Prechtel
   Posted Sun June 01, 2008
Jerry was a big part of the fun class of 1964 at Midview High School. My sympathy to his family. I know he will be missed.

Benjamin Sheets
   Posted Sun June 01, 2008
Dunlap Family,

My deepest sympathies to you. It was a privilege and honor to know and be inspired by Jerry. He always brought out the best in us Phi Psi's and challenged to serve others. Jerry's life was a life of service. He has created a legacy of men and women who will follow in his footsteps. I hope that I will be one.

In Christ,
Ben Sheets

Bradley Wieber
   Posted Sun June 01, 2008
Jerry was instrumental during my time in Phi Kappa Psi as an undergraduate at Ashland University. He was an amazing man and an amazing Phi Psi. He will be sorely missed. God bless!

-Bradley Wieber

Richard K. Hartley
   Posted Mon June 02, 2008
A gentle soul and great man will be missed by everyone that crossed his path. Thank you for all the memories at Phi Kappa Psi and Camp Nuhop. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Godspeed your travels my friend.
Sincerely,
R.K.Hartley

Tara Adams
   Posted Mon June 02, 2008
Trevor,

I was so sorry to hear the news of your Dad's passing. Please know that you and your entire family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Tara Adams

Debi (Downie) Paden
   Posted Mon June 02, 2008
I would like to say how sorry I am for your loss. I have known Jerry since I was a little girl and my mom worked with him at Outdoor school. He touched the hearts of my family for many years and will be missed. I would like to thank him for all he did for us and others. What a shining star he was.

Victor Knox
   Posted Mon June 02, 2008
While I did not have extensive contact with Jerry in the school system, he always had a good word, a smile and a gentle spirit.
The founding of Camp Nuhop illustrates the deepness of his caring for children and his leadership.
Jerry will be missed by all who knew him and the counsel he imparted.
Our sincere condolences to Jerry's family and friends.
God's Blessings,
Victor and Peggy Knox

Tammy White
   Posted Mon June 02, 2008
Jerry lived larger than life. I am inspired by the fight he fought and the race he ran. I can't help but chuckle with amazement over the fact that I saw him driving around town last week; only at careful glance did I notice the oxygen line strung under his nose and over his ears. What a trooper!
Jerry is well loved and greatly missed already. Today, I am sure he is hearing, "Well done good and faithful servant!"

Seth Bridger & Family
   Posted Mon June 02, 2008
Greetings and Peace to the family in these moments of grieving and in these moments of celebrating. Jerry's legacy lives on in each of his children, in the gifts that they freely share with the others, and with his entire extended family. Our prayers of comfort in Christian love. Peace in Christ, Seth and Shelley Nelson-Bridger

Jennifer Hawk
   Posted Mon June 02, 2008
I am truly saddened to hear of Mr. Dunlap's passing. He was such a terrific man. I have a lot of fond memories of him from my high school years both as a guidance counselor and as my friend Tara's father. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Katherine McKernan
   Posted Mon June 02, 2008
Mrs. Dunlap and Family,
My thoughts and prayers go out to you all! It seems like yesterday that I remember seeing Mr. Dunlap in the halls of Ashland High School. I always wished I could have had Mr. Dunlap as a guidance councelor, but ended up with (Doug Dillon)! I will always remember our time spent at Camp, I want to say for some holiday (Thanksgiving?). Mr. Dunlap was always smiling, and smiling to everyone that passed him by. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all! I am truly blessed to have you all as FAMILY!
With Love,
Katie and The Boys

Tami (Smith) Boreman
   Posted Mon June 02, 2008
My prayers and deepest sympathy goes out to each of the Dunlap family. Jerry was a very special man and touched many lives thru outdoor camp and camp NU-Hop. It was wonderful to see him when I came home for Pat's funeral in November 2007 it had been many years. Yet seeing him brought the memories flooding back. He has a special place in heaven. And may God be with you in this very sad time. Sincerely Tami Boreman

Pat Edwards
   Posted Mon June 02, 2008
This gentle golden man, this one who cared so much for every single person, this one who now is flown - how many lives he touched, always with kindness and a smile! Every exceptional child knows his legacy and all of us know the path he walked. I am so grateful for having known him. He is alive in our hearts forever!

Doug Roesemann
   Posted Mon June 02, 2008
My deepest sympathy to all of Jerry's family and friends. I have fond memories of getting to know Jerry during our college days, and very much valued our friendship.

Olive Haines
   Posted Mon June 02, 2008
I was sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. I attended 12 years of school with him and remember him as a great person and classmate. Jess, my prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Tom Cummings
   Posted Mon June 02, 2008
As a fellow Phi Psi and chapter advisor we are very saddened to hear of the loss of Jerry. He was always there when we needed him and was like a father to me. I will miss him. Amici, Brother Dunlap

Grudowski Family
   Posted Mon June 02, 2008
Few people touch your life and leave a mark that will never be erased. Your husband and father was that person for my children when they went to Ashland High School. Jerry and my son Brian together formed the breakfast club when Brian was in high school. This had such a profound effect on him. My son is now 30 and very successful and it is because of the self esteem that Jerry helped him develop. I know he has done this same thing in so many peoples lives but we will be forever greatful. Life well lived not a moment wasted. He has a living legacy that will go on for a very long time in all the people he touched. Thank you Dunlap family for sharing him with us...

Rob Lyon
   Posted Tue June 03, 2008
My sympathy goes to the whole Dunlap family. Jerry was a wonderful example of how to work with people and that example will be missed.

My father was Jerry's pastor back when I was young and I remember Jerry being a lot of fun in the youth group. So it was no suprise that he later helped found Camp Nuhop. I worked at several camps after working at Nuhop and none could ever measure up to the standards that Jerry and Terrie set. Say hi to Dad Jerry!

Dana Dodge Koppert
   Posted Tue June 03, 2008
It is with great sorrow that I am sending you my condolences. Mr. Dunlap was what a guidance counselor should be. He was kind, creative, understanding. He reached out to students. He helped my children through the grieving process when one of their best friends was killed. He figured out a way for my one son to take art classes at Ashland High School and still remain a cross country runner for Loudonville High School. This son went and talked to Mr. Dunlap everyday. My other son wanted to drop out of high school. Had it not been for Mr. Dunlap's encouragement, he might have. Our family was very lucky to have Mr. Dunlap survive long enough to help them. Mr. Dunlap had told my art- student son that he had a disease that should have killed him years before just a few days before he died. While my children are devastated by his passing they are greatful that with the support of his family he was able to continue working until the day they graduated. My sons are twins, too. There is a saying if you want to marry a good husband, marry a twin, because they know how to share. Mr. Dunlap was the greatest sharer I knew. I am so sorry that you all must go through the grieving process, he would never have wanted that for you. He mentioned his family often when I spoke with him.

Yours Truly,
Dana Koppert [mother of Tom and Jack]

Melissa Albers-Stewart
   Posted Tue June 03, 2008

Steve Vesschemoet
   Posted Tue June 03, 2008
Jerry was the kind of man that we all should aspire to be. He was a role model, a mentor, and a friend. I learned so much from this talented and brilliant man.

His children are and will continue to be a testament to his character and excellence. I will never forget Jerry...

Shannon McWilliams
   Posted Tue June 03, 2008
Jerry made an impression on my soul that will never be forgotten. I try daily to be a teacher with such hope and passion for children that Jerry exemplified for me at Camp Nuhop. His smile, stories and humor will be deeply missed.

April Siders Martin
   Posted Tue June 03, 2008
Terri and family,
So sorry for your loss.
Spring, Jennie and I are thinking and praying for you.
Spring had Jerry for Biology at the Junior High and we remember him as a Guidance Counselor and at Outdoor School.
Terri, you had Jennie in 3rd. grade at Taft. Remember, she broke her arm on the playground.
Jerry was such an awesome person to know. He will be missed.

jeff whidden
   Posted Tue June 03, 2008
my deepest sympathy to all of jerry's family.i went to school and lived by the brothers most of my school years,always will remember the great memories,and great friendship with you.

Tosha Dobbs, Brandon Morris and Trevor Morris
   Posted Tue June 03, 2008
I was saddened to read about Jerry's passing. Two of my sons attended Camp Nuhop. Because of Jerry (and his family and staff) my sons now have a greater self-confidence, a sense of belonging and are strengthened because of their experiences there.
As a mother, I can't even begin to express how much of a difference Jerry made in my son's lives or how much I'm thankful for him. Heaven has gained a tremendous soul.
God bless his family and know that we're keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

Mark Henson
   Posted Tue June 03, 2008
Trevor and family,

The entire staff of sparkspace is thinking about you and wishing comfort and fond memories for you and your family. We only knew Jerry for a short time, but it was obvious to us he was a special soul and a great father.

We're sorry we won't get more chances to share and learn from him, but it's nice to know that many, many others were inspired and influenced by him.

I've rarely heard someone talk as fondly about their father as Trevor does about Jerry. What a relationship to be thankful for! Those kind of relationships are always too short, regardless of how much time we have.

Alexandria & Steven Bishop
   Posted Tue June 03, 2008
Our great loss, The Lord's gain! We know his light will continue to shine through the young people he touched. We will be forever grateful for the love and care of Jerry and his staff at Nuhop. They gave our children hope and a sense of self worth - priceless gifts! May God bless his family. We send our sincerest sympathy.

laurie hoerrle
   Posted Tue June 03, 2008
I sent a personal condolence to Terrie and her family but i wanted to express how Camp Nuhop was such an influence on my son's life.
I felt very safe by sending my son to Camp Nu-hop because i knew the values that Jerry instilled into his campers and staff. He will be missed.
He has opened doors for my son because now he is mainstreamed into regular school.
Jerry was a wonderful man. God Bless the Dunlap family in this time and know that Jerry is now watching over all of us.

Andrew Shockney
   Posted Tue June 03, 2008
"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge-

That myth is more potent than history.

I believe that dreams are more powerful than facts-

That hope always triumphs over experience-

That laughter is the only cure for grief.

And I believe that love is stronger than death."


Robert Fulghum

Thank you, Mr. Dunlap.

My condolences to your family. Mr. Dunlap touched our lives in many ways at AHS. It was my distinct honor to know him.

-Andy (Class of '90)

Kathryn Esterline Raper
   Posted Wed June 04, 2008
The Dunlap Family
I am filled with sorrow over Mr. Dunlap's death. He was a remarkable man. I shall always remember our fun times in 7th grade science, delightful and insightful time at the outdoor school. I will miss very much.
Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayer these days, and that I sympathize greatly with your loss.

Sincerely
Kathryn

Dawn Downs Purney
   Posted Thu June 05, 2008
Heaven is gaining one great laugh!
I always think of working with Jerry at Camp Nuhop and how he could bring humor to any situation. He was always fun on a swamp walk and he didn't even seem to mind that the bald little mountain we trudged up every morning came to be called J.D Hill.

Everyone at Ashland High knew he was different too. I was babysitting his kids once when the Dunlaps got TP'd - not something you do to every teacher. Something else he just took in stride.

Jerry, we'll miss you & your energy & sense of humor!

Patricia Peterson
   Posted Sat June 21, 2008
I had Mr. Dunlap for 7th grade science in the early 1970's. He was my all-time favorite teacher - I even tracked him down about 10 years ago to tell him so! He inspired me in so many ways. I'll never forget his favorite quote: "My friend, I have built a bridge for you to cross over to me, but not a vehicle to carry you". He was a wonderful, wonderful person - my greatest sympathies to his family.

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