Born September 6, 1935 in Ellwood City, he was the son of the late David and Anna Koach Carothers, and was raised by his aunt and uncle, the late Clarence and Hilda MacDonald.
Following graduation from Lincoln High School in 1953, Gerald served 3 years in the US Army from 1954-1957. He worked at Billco Manufacturing in Zelienople for almost 35 years, first as a machinist and assemblyman, and later as the purchasing manager. Following his retirement, he moved to Boone County Kentucky and was an aide in the local school district. He also helped his son with his business. Jerry enjoyed traveling our country with his wife, and spending as much time with his family as possible. He loved children, and they loved him more.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Norma Jean Tritt Carothers, two sons, Brian (Karen) Carothers of Richwood, Kentucky, Eric (Heather) Carothers of Grove City; five grandchildren, Brian Douglas, Lauren and Jenna Carothers, and Catherine and Jonathan Carothers; his older brother, Merlin (Mary) Carothers of San Marcos, CA; brother in law, Gilbert (Joann) Tritt of Katy, TX; sister in law, Mary Jane LeRoy of Ellwood City; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, David Bert Carothers.
Visiting hours will be held on Saturday August 24, 2013 from 11 am until the time of the funeral service at 12 noon at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City. Pastor Jean Smith of the Wurtemburg United Methodist Church will officiate. Military rites will be conducted by the Veterans Honor Guard. Interment will follow in Locust Grove Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.