Owner of Horrocks Farm Market Passes Away

By: News 10
By: News 10

Jerald Horrock's Obituary:

Jerald Horrocks, born May 11, 1922, passed away April 21, 2014, at his home on the farm with family by his side. Jerald was fortunate to live a long and happy life. A life in which he witnessed the world change in dramatic ways.

From a time where he rode a pony to school, and walked behind a horse and plow with bare feet, to a day and age where everyone carries a computer in their pocket.

Jerald met Patricia in 1944. Six months later they were married and they never looked back. They worked together every day for 68 years, an incredible partnership that created a beautiful family and a successful business. Being inactive was never an option, he had decided early on they were going to have a fruitful and happy life.

Jerald was a pioneer of the Lansing business community, the founder of Horrocks Farm Market. He was known to be fair-minded, kind and generous. He always had kind words for friends and strangers alike. A natural innovator, he pioneered many farming and retail techniques.

His life's work was to ensure the future of his children, his grandchildren, and his great-grandchildren. That's the most anyone can hope to accomplish.

Jerald was a well-rounded man, accoplished musician, expert golfer and avid fisherman.

He loved and greatly appreciated the people he worked with and the community he served.

He will be survived by his family, who he loved so unconditionally and completely: His wife Patricia Horrocks; three sons, Kim (Ana) Horrocks, Scott Horrocks, Kirk (Kay) Horrocks; grandchildren, Brandon (Alison) Horrocks, Autumn Horrocks (Ryan Trierweiler), Abby Horrocks and Adam (Mallory) Horrocks; great grandchildren, Jack and Jane Horrocks, Emily Horrocks, Easton and Everett Stevens, Ocean Horrocks Trierweiler and Hunter Horrocks.

All are welcome for a visitation at the Lake Funeral Home in Ionia from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations to the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

A well-known mid-Michigan business owner has passed away.

Jerald Horrocks, owner of Horrocks Farm Market in Delta Township, died on Monday at the age of 91.

He's been described as a pioneer of the Lansing business community and a natural innovator who pioneered many farming and retail techniques.

The Eaton County Sheriff's Office had this to say about his passing on its Facebook page Wednesday: "The Delta Township community mourns the loss of Jerald Horrocks. I can remember many times shopping there and Mr. Horrocks handing out roses to my wife and other patrons in the store. I am sure many of you also can remember him doing the same."

Visitation is set for Thursday, April 24 from 12pm to 4pm at the Lake Funeral Home in Ionia.

Instead of flowers, the family has requested donations go to the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

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