August 16, 1942 – May 26, 2018

Jerry Lynn Burnell, 75, of Noble, Illinois, passed away at 7:15 p.m., Saturday, May 26, 2018, at his home.

Graveside services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the care of the Meyer Funeral Home in Newton, Illinois. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at

Jerry was born on August 16, 1942, in Effingham, Illinois, the son of Royal and LoDema (Devall) Burnell. He married Janice Kay Zimmerman on December 12, 1963, at the Bogota Baptist Church.

Jerry was a Teacher and Principal in the West Richland School System. He served his community for several years as the supervisor of Noble Township, in Richland County. In his spare time he enjoyed woodworking, working around his yard, or enjoying a ride on his motorcycle or in his convertible.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 54 years Kay Burnell of Noble; daughters, Jana (Jim Worrell) of Noble and Jennifer Brown of Parkersburg; grandchildren, Lily Brown of DeSoto, Pandora Worrell of Noble, Austin Worrell of Noble and Hunter Miller of Noble.

Jerry was preceded in death by his patents and a sister Joan Bane.