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Jerome B. Doty, 71

Jerome B. Doty, 71, of Rockford, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. He was born Dec. 29, 1947, in Woodstock, Ill., the son of Everet and Lucille (Mends) Doty.
Jerome grew up on a farm in Woodstock. Jerome married the love of his life, Suzanne Arko, on Nov. 1, 1980. He was self-taught man with a good sense of humor. He was a John Deere guy. Jerome enjoyed his gadgets, science fiction movies and gardening. He retired from OSF St. Anthony Medical Center working in the boiler room. He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.
Survived by his loving wife, Suzanne; brothers-in-law, Ed (Betty) Arko and Bob (Gayle) Arko; sister-in-law, Angie (Ray) Soper; numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents; brother, Thomas Doty; and brother-in-law, Paul Arko.
Memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019 at noon at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, 1860 S. Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61108. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Jerome’s name to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center or Salvation Army. Share online condolences at

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