Gerald “Jerry” L. Tourville, 91, of Morgan Park, died March 14.
A private committal service was held March 23 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donnellan Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Claudette; his children, Randy (Dawne), Andrew (Brandie) and Sharon; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Tourville was a sergeant in the U.S. Marines Corp. He served in the Korean War. He then worked for the Chicago Park District for 40 years, including the last 22 years at Mt. Greenwood Park.
As an athlete, Tourville holds the record for the longest quick kick of 80 yards, a record he set during the 1947 Chicago Catholic League championship season for Leo High School. He also played baseball and intramural basketball at Leo. He was selected for the south sectional All-Star football team and was also on the swim team.
His college education was interrupted by the Korean War and his 13 months of service in country. Upon his return, he completed his education at Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., and then began his career with the Chicago Park District. He worked as park supervisor for Sherman, Bensley, McGuane, Palmer and Mt. Greenwood parks.
In 1970, Tourville saved the life of infant Darrin Taylor and was awarded the Chicago Park District Merit Award. His public service merited him awards from Sertoma, the Knights of Columbus, the Mt. Greenwood Lions Club, Mt. Greenwood Colts, and Mustang Wrestling.
Tourville was a member of the Leo Alumni Association and was inducted into the Leo Hall of Fame in 2008. In 1989, he received the Roseland-Pullman Sports Hall of Fame Award for “outstanding achievement as a football and baseball player.”
Tourville also taught physical education at St. Anthony, St. Cajetan and Holy Rosary elementary schools.