Jerome Eugene Greeling

March 7, 1949 ~ January 26, 2022 (age 72)


Jerome Eugene Greeling passed away January 26th in his home surrounded by family after a long battle with cancer. He was 72 years old.

Jerome was born March 7, 1949 in Carrolton, IL. He graduated from Gillespie High School in 1968. He was a certified welder and coal miner during his adult life. He was a proud member of United Mine Workers of America since May 5, 1971. He retired from Monterey Coal Mine in 2003. Prior to retiring, he started a successful welding business, Crazy Horse Welding, creating metal and iron designs well after his retirement.

Jerome was adventurous. He was a bull rider in rodeos in his younger years and never one to shy away from cliff diving. He was also an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman. He also enjoyed spending time with friends and drinking coffee at Crossroads and Route 138 Café. He also spent countless hours with his girls.

Jerome married Patricia (Cooper) August 12, 1972. They divorced in 2008. They had 2 children together.

Jerome married Chris Jewel in Queensland, Australia in 2009. They separated in 2019. Along with many of his adventures, he lived in Australia for ten years and made many friends while exploring the country in his RV.

Jerome is preceded in death by his mother, Vivian (Greeling) Monke and step-father, Laverne Monke and his brother, Ronald Monke. He is survived by daughters Melissa Lee (companion Matt Scheller) of Mt. Olive, IL and Amy Zitta (spouse Joe Zitta) of Troy, IL; grandchildren Cameryn Lee, Peyton Lee, Dylan Lee, Grace Zitta and Olivia Zitta; Two brothers: Kenny (Barb) Monke of Arcola, IL, Richard (Pam) Monke of White City, IL; Four Sisters, Bonny Monke of Mt. Olive, IL, Debbie Monke of Mt. Olive, IL, Barb (Aaron) Bishop of Benld, IL, Sandy Svoboda of Dillon, Montana; and many Nieces & Nephews; Great Nieces & Nephews & Great Great Nieces & Nephews.

His life will be celebrated at the VFW Hall in Mt. Olive, February 5th noon to 4 pm. All friends and family welcome.

Those who wish to memorialize him may donate to Hunt of a Lifetime Foundation or Illinois Conservation Foundation. Links listed below.

Becker and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Anyone wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at

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Celebration of Life
February 5, 2022

12:00 PM
Mt. Olive VFW

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