Posted by: emsfh1 | January 6, 2010

Jerry Merle Totten

Jerry Merle Totten, 61, of Lawrenceville, IL (formerly of Sumner) passed away January 6, 2010 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Vincennes, IN.

Born February 9, 1948 he was the son of Donald Merle and Goldie (Fulk) Ridgley.  He married Claudia Cooper August 17, 1980 and she preceded him in death April 15, 2009.

Jerry owned and operated Jerry’s Septic Service.  He was a member of Beulah United Methodist Church.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Claudia; one son Terry Totten; one brother and one infant sister.

Survivors include two sons Paul Young of Lawrenceville and Jerry Totten of Sumner; seven daughters Daisy Smith of Bridgeport, Ollie Stremme of Sumner, Jackquie Madden of FL, Shannon Kittle of Olney, Cindy Klinger of Noble, Billie Reider of Centralia and Peggy Dowty of Bridgeport; three brothers Frank and Bob Totten of Noble and Donald Ridgley of Olney; six sisters Marlene Aldridge of FL, Ruth Ridgley and Betty Richards both of Olney, Kathy Ridgley of IN and Mary Ridgley of Calhoun, IL and Pat Cogswell of Lawrenceville; as well as 14 grandchildren.

The funeral will be 12:00 noon Monday at Sivert-Macey & Steffey Funeral Home in Sumner.  Friends may call Monday from 10:00 am until the hour of service at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Sumner Cemetery.



  1. To all of the family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your dad. All of you have had a great deal of pain in the past few years. May God comfort you at this time.

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.


  4. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all.

  5. We both would like to express our Deepest Sympathy to a “special” nephew. We will miss him very much. We will miss our visits when we are home for our annual reunion. We always enjoyed being around Jerry.
    God Bless you all .
    Our Love and Sympathy,

    Uncle Boob (Lloyd) and Aunt Fran Ridgley

  6. To my big brother glad we spent xmas together you will always be in my heart.You are finally at peace now love you always and for ever.Until we meet again.

  7. we are so sorry to hear about jerry all of you kids are in our thoughts and prayers jerry will be missed we love him and your mom very much jerry was like a brother to me and a freind.i love all of you kids. sorry that i was unable to attend to the funeral but i was sick.

  8. Thank you from all of us kids for your kind words and prayers

  9. We are very sorry, we didnt know or we would have been there. We lost Arkie November 13th We love you all and know what your going through. We’re here if you need us. Love, Vickie.

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